Biden officially announced his bid for the 2020 presidency in April. During a private phone call with Hill beforehand, he reportedly expressed regret over how she was treated during the Thomas confirmation hearings but fell short of apologizing for his own actions.
“Sexual violence is a national crisis that requires a national solution. We miss that point if we end the discussion at whether I should forgive Mr. Biden,” Hill continued in her piece. “This crisis calls for all leaders to step up and say: ‘The healing from sexual violence must begin now. I will take up that challenge.’”
In an interview with “The View” after announcing his 2020 candidacy, Biden denied ever treating Hill badly during the 1991 hearings and praised the professor for her contributions toward #MeToo.
“She’s one of the reasons why we have the #MeToo movement, she’s one of the reasons why I was able to finish writing the Violence Against Women Act, she’s one of the reasons why I committed … there’d never be a Judiciary Committee I was on that didn’t have women on it,” he said.
Biden himself has not been accused of sexual harassment but since announcing his candidacy he has received backlash for being overly touchy with women and girls over the years.
Fox News’ Paulina Dedaj contributed to this report.