Hill wants real accountability from Biden

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The law professor says Biden needs to apologise to other women and the public

A woman who accused a Supreme Court nominee of sexual harassment has rebuked White House candidate Joe Biden, who chaired the 1991 hearings.

Anita Hill said Mr Biden must show “real accountability” for his handling of her complaints during Clarence Thomas’ confirmation in Congress.

Ms Hill told the New York Times the former vice-president had called her before announcing his presidential bid.

But she said his apology was not enough without “real change”.

During the call a few weeks ago Mr Biden expressed his “regret for what she endured” during the hearing, Ms Hill said.

“I cannot be satisfied by simply saying, ‘I’m sorry for what happened to you,'” Ms Hill told the newspaper.

“I will be satisfied when I know there is real change and real accountability and real purpose.”

Ms Hill was called to testify at Mr Thomas’ confirmation hearing after an FBI interview with her was leaked to the press.

The hearing was conducted by an all-white, all-male panel, and several women apparently willing to corroborate Ms Hill’s account were not called to testify by Mr Biden.

Decades on, the event is considered a political embarrassment for Mr Biden, who remains favourite to secure the Democratic nomination.

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Clarence Thomas was Anita Hill’s supervisor

Earlier this month, the former vice-president pledged to be “more mindful” about physical contact with women after a number accused him of unwelcome touching.

Meanwhile, he has also been chided by the mother of a woman who was killed in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017.

Susan Bro told the Daily Beast the presidential hopeful did not notify her he planned to invoke the death of Heather Heyer during his campaign launch video.

“Most people do that sort of thing,” she told the Daily Beast. “They capitalise on whatever situation is handy.

“He didn’t reach out to me, and didn’t mention her by name specifically, and he probably knew we don’t endorse candidates.”

In a later interview with CNN, Ms Bro said she was not particularly upset because “the issue is about the hate, it’s not about Heather”.

Ms Bro added that she had told Mr Biden his video may have been traumatising for some Charlottesville survivors.

An unnamed Republican strategist told Politico that Mr Trump is worried about his candidacy.

According to the report, the source said Mr Trump asked his advisers last fall: “How are we gonna beat Biden?”

After his aides predicted Mr Biden would not win the nomination, the president pressed: “But what if he does?”

Speaking to reporters on Friday, however, Mr Trump projected confidence that he could beat Mr Biden “easily”.

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