During his first interview since announcing his presidential campaign this week, former Vice President Joe Biden talked with the co-hosts of “The View” about his recent call with Anita Hill and her reaction to it — she told the press she didn’t think it was sufficient.
Biden apologized Friday for how “she was treated” and said he waited so long to call her personally because he didn’t want to “invade her space.”
“I said privately what I’ve said publicly. I am sorry she was treated the way she was treated, I wish we could have figured out a better way to get this thing done. I did everything in my power to do what I thought was within the rules to be able to stop things,” he said. “But look, take a look at what’s happened. What I did when we got through that god awful experience she went through, she’s one of the reasons why we have the me too movement. She’s one of the reasons why I was able to finish writing the Violence Against Women Act. She’s one of the reasons why I committed, there would never be a Judiciary Committee I was involved in that didn’t have a woman on it. ... So she is responsible for significant changes, and she deserves credit for it.”
When pressed to apologize for how he treated her personally, he demurred.
“I don’t think I treated her badly,” he said.
"Since I had publicly apologized for the way she was treated…I didn't want to, quote, invade her space," Joe Biden says on why he only recently called Anita Hill. "I was grateful she took my call." https://t.co/rxCXj3uvWG pic.twitter.com/hmg3YBVOa0
— The View (@TheView) April 26, 2019