Such is Joe Biden’s zeal to win the presidency at the age of 78 that he’s helping the radical Left and the feminist sisterhood rewrite history.
He now blames himself, as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee nearly three decades ago, for mistreating and mishandling Anita Hill when she leveled unproven charges of sexual harassment against then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas.
Hill’s tale resurfaced during the confirmation hearings of Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who was falsely accused not of harassment but of actual rape and other crimes. The narrative during Kavanaugh’s ordeal was that Biden and the committee should have handled Hill’s charges differently, and would have had they surfaced in the #MeToo era.
So now, Biden pleads guilty. I did wrong, he says.
Not so, and he knows it. But Biden knows what he must do to have a shot at the White House. He must grovel before the sisterhood.
“I Wish I Could Have Done Something”
Biden condemned “white man’s culture,” the Associated Press reported, “as he lashed out at violence against women and, more specifically, lamented his role in the Supreme Court confirmation hearings that undermined Anita Hill’s credibility nearly three decades ago.”
Biden said Hill, “who is black, should not have been forced to face a panel of ‘a bunch of white guys’ about her sexual harassment allegations against Clarence Thomas.”
What race has to do with the matter is a mystery, but in any event, Biden uttered the predictable guilty plea in 2019 America: “To this day I regret I couldn’t come up with a way to give her the kind of hearing she deserved. I wish I could have done something.”
Immediately, the moonbats took to the air:
“It literally does not matter what else Biden says about sexual assault if he cannot acknowledge his own culpability in putting a sexual assaulter on the Supreme Court and then pretending for years like he was powerless to stop it,” tweeted Jessica Morales Rocketto, a former aide to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign who now serves as the political director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance.
Actress and political activist Mia Farrow called Biden’s role in the 1991 hearings “shameful.”
“Love you Joe but you were in a position to do better — and you didn’t,” she said.
Except that Hill did not accuse Thomas of “assault,” and in any event Hill never proved her harassment case.
No matter. The reactions to Biden’s latest remarks mirror those of lesbian crackpot Cynthia Nixon, who extracted an apology from Biden after he called Vice President Mike Pence a “decent guy.”
Nixon falsely claimed that “Biden did not call other women to testify out of collegiality toward Thomas and his Republican colleagues, leaving [Anita] Hill, the silenced women and the truth itself as collateral damage.”
Like Rocketto’s, that claim is utterly false.
Neither Hill Nor Her “Witnesses” Were Credible
Four of Hill’s friends did testify before the committee, including two women. One of them told staff members of the Senate Judiciary Committee that Thomas’ harassment began before Hill even worked for Thomas, then changed that story when it became clear it did not make sense.
Another of Hill’s putative corroborating witnesses refused to testify because her credibility as a witness against Thomas was questionable. He had fired her for calling a fellow employee a “faggot,” and she had attempted to retaliate against another former boss who fired her for incompetence. Biden lifted a subpoena that would have compelled her testimony.
Thirteen “other women” all said or testified that Thomas did not and never would do the awful things of which Hill accused him. All were Hill’s colleagues who would have been in a position to corroborate Hill’s account if Thomas had done what she said. But not one backed up her claims.
As well, as Powerline bloggers John Hinderaker and Paul Mirengoff recalled during the Kavanaugh smear campaign, FBI agents who investigated Hill’s claims thought she was lying. And unsurprisingly, Hill did not want the FBI to examine her claims. But Biden told Hill that involving the FBI was the only way the committee could or would examine her claims.
So neither Hill nor any other woman was “silenced.” Biden gave Hill and her claims a thorough hearing.
No matter, the sisterhood has rewritten history to establish a founding myth for the #MeToo movement: Biden and the “white men” on the committee should have “believed” Hill.
Perhaps Biden just can’t remember. He is an old man. Or perhaps he does recall, but also knows what becoming the Democratic nominee requires.
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