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Anita Hill's Family Has Running Joke About Biden

It involves the doorbell and a long-delayed apology
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 21, 2018 10:45 AM CDT
This 1991 photo shows Anita Hill testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee.   (AP Photo, File)
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(Newser) – The Brett Kavanaugh controversy has drawn lots of comparisons to the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearing of 1991, and as Politico notes, that's not such great news for Joe Biden. The former VP was not only on the Senate Judiciary Committee at the time, he was actually the chairman, and critics have faulted his handling of the hearing—for not protecting Anita Hill from attacks during questioning and for not calling witnesses who might have supported her accusations of sexual misconduct. The story focuses on the political ramifications for the possible 2020 candidate, but it also takes note of an interesting interview Hill just gave to Elle.

The interviewer mentions to Hill that Biden "sort of apologized" last year for how he handled things. In her response, Hill notes that Biden said, "I owe her an apology" but that he has never actually apologized. "People were asking, 'When are you going to apologize to her?,'" she says. "It’s become sort of a running joke in the household when someone rings the doorbell and we’re not expecting company. 'Oh,' we say, 'is that Joe Biden coming to apologize?'" (Hill has some advice for senators now on the judiciary panel.)

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