Former Vice President Joe Biden has said he takes responsibility for the way Anita Hill was treated days after she expressed dissatisfaction with his apology.
Biden said during a Good Morning America interview set to air on Tuesday, "As the committee chairman, I take responsibility that [Hill] did not get treated well. I take responsibility for that." He also said that he "apologized" for this and that "I apologize again because, look, here's the deal. She just did not get treated fair across the board. The system did not work."
Biden was the chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee in 1991 when Hill testified that then Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas sexually harassed her, and he has faced criticism for his handling of the hearing. Shortly after announcing his 2020 bid, Biden's campaign said that he had offered a private apology to Hill. But Hill told The New York Times she wasn't happy with it, saying, “I cannot be satisfied by simply saying, 'I'm sorry for what happened to you.' I will be satisfied when I know that there is real change and real accountability and real purpose."
Prior to this Good Morning America interview, Biden faced questions about the Hill hearings during a Friday appearance on The View, saying that he was "sorry" she was "treated the way she was treated" but arguing he "did everything in my power" and still isn't sure how he could have stopped "inflammatory questions." Brendan Morrow