Anita Hill to Iowa crowd: 'Statute of limitations' for Biden apology is 'up'

Anita HillAnita Faye HillOur consciousness-changing moment — and a reckoning for 1972? Trump sets up for bruising campaign against Biden Clarence Thomas breaks his silence in theaters nationwide MORE said Thursday that “the statute of limitations” for an apology from White House hopeful and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump says he is 'seriously' considering a capital gains tax cut Why Joe Biden is in trouble Harris favored as Biden edges closer to VP pick MORE is “up” for his handling of Supreme Court Justice Clarence ThomasClarence ThomasTrump's contempt for advice and consent The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the Air Line Pilots Association - Biden VP possible next week; Meadows says relief talks 'miles apart' Hawley will only back Supreme Court picks who have said Roe v. Wade was 'wrongly decided' MORE’s 1991 confirmation hearing. 

“The statute of limitations for his apology is up,” Hill said after she was asked a question by an audience member at the University of Iowa, where she gave a lecture on sexual harassment, BuzzFeed News reported.

The person said that they were considering caucusing for Biden in the upcoming Iowa caucuses, but they could not ignore his role in Thomas’s confirmation hearings. The questioner asked how hard it could be for the former vice president to admit that he was wrong, according to the news outlet. 


“Here is what I want now. … What are you going to do about it? What are you going to do today? Will you promise as leader of this country … would you promise to use all of your energy to address the problem as it happened and to prevent it from happening to another generation? That’s what I want to hear,” Hill continued. “And I not only want to hear from him, I want to hear from every one of them who want to be the leader of this country.”

Biden has faced renewed criticism about his handling of Thomas’s confirmation trial since he launched his campaign last year. Hill, a law professor, accused Thomas of sexual harassment as the hearing commenced. During that time, Biden served as the Senate Judiciary chairman and played a role in Thomas's confirmation. Biden has been criticized for how he and other colleagues treated Hill during the hearing that played on national television. 

Hill’s lecture at the university was part of the school’s MLK Human Rights Week, according to BuzzFeed News, coming just 11 days before the state holds the first presidential caucuses.

“I was criticized because I didn’t immediately open my arms and embrace him [and say], ‘OK, I forgive you,’” Hill said Thursday. “One of the reasons I didn’t was because I didn’t think it was enough.”

She said the other was that she didn’t want “every young woman” to “feel like they had to follow” her lead.

Biden has repeatedly expressed regret about his handling of the hearing. He said in March of last year that he wished “I could have done something” and reached out to Hill in the run-up to the launch of his campaign. 

At the time, Hill told The New York Times “I cannot be satisfied by simply saying 'I’m sorry for what happened to you.’” Hill has said that she would vote for Biden if he wins the Democratic nomination and faces President TrumpDonald John TrumpTeachers union launches 0K ad buy calling for education funding in relief bill FDA head pledges 'we will not cut corners' on coronavirus vaccine Let our values drive COVID-19 liability protection MORE in the 2020 election.