Anita Hill said in an interview that she could see herself voting for Joe Biden, despite her dissatisfaction with his less-than-full-throated apologies to her.
When asked by NBC’s Andrea Mitchell whether she would consider voting for Biden if he becomes the Democratic nominee, Hill replied: “Of course I could.”
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Hill also said in the excerpt released Thursday that none of her comments intended to put Biden and President Donald Trump on the same moral plane. She added that she doubted her rhetoric had impacted Biden’s popularity.
“I’m not sure that anything I said has hurt Joe Biden’s campaign,” Hill said. “He is still leading in the polls against Donald Trump, and all the other candidates on the Democratic ticket.”
Biden has been heavily criticized for how he treated Hill when he was chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and when she was testifying in 1991 about her sexual harassment allegations against Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas.
During the televised hearings, Biden allowed Hill to face intense questioning from an all-male, all-white panel of senators.
In March of this year, Biden expressed remorse over how he handled the spectacle, saying, “To this day, I regret I couldn’t get her the kind of hearing she deserved.”
He also called Hill earlier this year to discuss the controversy, but Hill did not characterize his words as an apology and told The New York Times she was would only be satisfied when she knows there “is real change and real accountability.”
Hill, who is now a Brandeis University professor, said in the NBC interview that her point in discussing Biden’s treatment of her was “to make the public aware of the urgency of this issue.”
“We’ve had years now to grapple with this as a society and I think we need to take advantage of the moment,” Hill said.