In an interview on January 4, 2018, with the PBS NewsHour’s Judy Woodruff, former Vice President Joe Biden discussed the #MeToo movement, saying that he regretted his inability to protect Anita Hill during the Clarence Thomas hearings in 1991.
In the same interview, Biden told Woodruff that women should be believed, declaring: “It’s all about the abuse of power. … Women should be believed.”
Joe Biden chaired the 1991 confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, in which Anita Hill testified that she was sexually harassed by Thomas when he was her boss at the Department of Education and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Republicans on the Senate Judiciary panel questioned Hill’s account, and Thomas denied the allegations.
“I wish I could have protected her from the attacks that came at her, but I didn’t know any way to do that,” Biden had claimed during the PBS interview two years ago.
Biden had also addressed the women who had come forward with claims of sexual harassment or misconduct against powerful men in the politics, media, and entertainment industries.
“At the root, this is all about the abuse of power…whether its Harvey Weinstein or the guy who…has a secretary he harasses,” Biden said. Continued Below
“Women should be believed” when they come forward with sexual misconduct claims, Biden said. “I believed Anita Hill. I said I believed Anita Hill” in 1991, he added.
Biden’s remarks in that “women should be believed” resurfaced on social media Monday amid claims that the Democrat’s presumptive nominee sexually assaulted an aide in the 1990s. The allegations against Biden are leveled by Tara Reade, who said she was a staff assistant for Biden in 1993 when he was in the Senate.
Reade, who has openly advocated for Biden primary rival Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., has come forward before — last year, when multiple women emerged claiming inappropriate touching by Biden. But late last month she told a far more graphic version of events to The Intercept and later to podcast host Katie Halper that raised the level of the allegations against Biden to sexual assault, as reported by Fox News. Video Below
The resurfaced video shows a woman who called into CNN’s “Larry King Live” in 1993, in which the alleged victim claims her mother was discussing– without naming Biden or using the words “sexual assault”– the sexual assault Biden allegedly committed against her daughter.
Joe Biden: “Women should be believed”:
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This newly unearthed footage reportedly shows Tara Reade’s mom calling Larry King to discuss her daughter’s sexual assault by Joe Biden in 1993
This is the corroborating evidence the media NEVER had in the Kavanaugh case
Will they cover it?
RT so they can’t ignore! pic.twitter.com/gbmjNrkf7v
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) April 24, 2020
Last April, Joe Biden looked directly into the camera and said: “I want to talk about gestures of support that I’ve made to women and some men that have made them uncomfortable. I’ve always tried to make a human connection. That’s my responsibility, I think. I shake hands, I hug people. …It’s the way I’ve always been. It’s the way I try to show I care about them and listening.”
Social norms are changing. I understand that, and I’ve heard what these women are saying. Politics to me has always been about making connections, but I will be more mindful about respecting personal space in the future. That’s my responsibility and I will meet it. pic.twitter.com/Ya2mf5ODts
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) April 3, 2019