Anita Hill says even though she has criticized former Vice President Joe Biden for his treatment of her in the past, she would “of course” be willing to vote for him in 2020 if he becomes the Democratic Party’s nominee for president.
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Biden and Hill have a history.
The former Delaware senator led the Senate confirmation hearings of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, whom Hill accused of sexual harassment and testified against in 1991. In light of the similar media circus — and the #MeToo movement — that surrounded the confirmation hearings of Justice Brett Kavanaugh, Biden has recently faced criticism for his treatment of Hill during the proceedings he oversaw 28 years ago.
Prior to officially launching his White House bid in April, Biden called Hill to make amends. The New York Times reported afterward that Hill told the paper “she cannot support Mr. Biden for president until he takes full responsibility for his conduct.” Hill, who is now a professor at Brandeis University, stopped short of saying Biden apologized to her.
Hill told NBC’s Andrea Mitchell in an interview Thursday, “I’m not even sure that anything I’ve said has actually hurt Joe Biden’s campaign. He still is leading in the polls.”
Mitchell then asked Hill, “Could you conceive of voting for Joe Biden if he turns out to be the Democratic nominee against Donald Trump?”
“Of course I could,” replied Hill.
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Hill isn’t the first woman to say she could vote for Biden despite accusing him publicly of past wrongs.
Former Nevada state lawmaker Lucy Flores (D) made headlines earlier this year when she accused Biden of inappropriately kissing and touching her at an event in 2014, but when asked if she would support Biden over President Trump in 2020, she replied, “That’s not even a question. Of course I would support Biden.”