by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Reporter April Ryan recently asked White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki whether President Biden has consulted Anita Hill on his Supreme Court nomination process for replacing retiring Justice Stephen Breyer. There are many reasons Biden would not do this, starting with the fact Biden thought Hill lied in her allegations against Clarence Thomas.
Also, Hill has long criticized Biden for the way he allegedly treated her during Thomas’s shocking 1991 Supreme Court confirmation hearings. Why would he consult her? …
… Several senators have said that Biden told them he did not believe Hill. Sen. Orrin Hatch said, “Biden told me personally that he didn’t believe her. He said, ‘I don’t know why she did this.’”
In his memoirs, Sen. Arlen Specter, the lead Republican senator questioning Hill during the hearings, wrote that Biden told him in 1998, in a taped interview, that he believed Hill was lying to Specter about a key part of her testimony—whether, in the couple weeks before the hearing, she had discussed with Democrat Senate staffers the idea that all she had to do was make her allegations and Thomas would withdraw without her ever having to come forward by name. …
… On the day Thomas was confirmed, I was with Thomas and some friends at his home when Biden called Thomas to congratulate him on his confirmation, telling Thomas he was a “person of character,” and not to get down about what had just happened to him. Does that sound like someone who believed Hill?
Since the Hill-Thomas hearings, the left has driven a baseless story that Biden had unfairly treated Hill, and, in fact, owed her an apology. Hill trafficked in this lunacy too, even saying it was fair to call Biden a liar.