America’s former vice president and favorite meme Joe Biden sat down for an interview with Teen Vogue this week and reflected on his role in Clarence Thomas’ confirmation hearings in 1991. He apologized for not doing more to help Anita Hill, in what may be an attempt to clear the slate in order to prepare for a presidential run.
Biden 2020? The former vice president is now 75 years old. He’d be nearing 80 by the time the 2020 elections rolled around. Back in the 1990s, Biden chaired the Judiciary Committee, whose conduct was the subject of widespread public criticism following Anita Hill’s sexual harassment allegations against Thomas.
“I wish I had been able to do more for Anita Hill. I owe her an apology.”
The panel of all-white men questioned Hill, a black woman in a way that was skeptical and dismissive. The tapes of the hearings have become a prime example of the way structural racism and misogyny work to silence women who speak up. Clarence Thomas still sits on the Supreme Court.
According to CNN, last month, Biden was asked about the hearings as well. His first response indicates that he’s aware the committee did wrong.
“What I do feel badly about is the bad taste that got left in the mouth of some of the people around Anita Hill, and maybe even Anita, about whether or not the witnesses should have been called who were called and weren’t called.”
Amidst our national reckoning with sexual assault and harassment, Biden understands that he is going to have to confront his past to be politically viable. He will potentially be running against Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who has spearheaded the #MeToo movement on Capitol Hill.
Earlier this week, Biden said on “The View” that he would run if his family were ready to handle the pressure a year from now.
“If, in a year from now, if we’re ready, and nobody has moved in that I think can do it, then I may very well do it.”
Should he choose to run, Biden will likely be up against a plethora of younger and fresher faces. Some of those challengers may very well come ready to pack punches with progressive ideas. If anything, right now, he’s clearing the way to eye even the possibility of the White House.