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Joe Biden Says He Wishes He Could’ve Done More For Anita Hill: “I Owe Her An Apology"

The former Vice President reflects on Hill's sexual harassment allegations against Clarence Thomas. 

As the rise of the #MeToo movement continues to galvanize men and women to speak out against sexual harassment and misconduct, Joe Biden is reflecting on one of the most famous sexual harassment claims in politics.

In 1991, Anita Hill, who famously accused U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thomas of sexual harassment, was called to testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

At the time, Biden was a 48-year-old Delaware Senator and chair of the Committee, while Thomas, 43, was a Supreme Court nominee.

Hill, a then 35-year-old attorney claims that she endured two years of Thomas’ repeated sexual harassment while he was her boss at the Department of Education and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Details of the alleged harassment were leaked to the press days before Thomas’ confirmation hearing, which led to Hill being called to publicly testify along with Thomas.

Thomas denied Hill’s allegations, and likened the proceedings to a “high class lynching for uppity blacks who in any way deign to think for themselves.”

Meanwhile, Hill’s credibility was questioned, and she was painted as seeking revenge against Thomas, who was later confirmed to the Supreme Court in a 52–48 vote.

In retrospect, Biden wishes that he could have “done more” for Hill. "I owe her an apology,” the former Vice President recently told Teen Vogue.

Although Biden has been criticized  for his treatment of Hill, the longtime politician now maintains that he believed her allegations against Thomas.

"I believed Anita Hill. I voted against Clarence Thomas,” Biden explained to Teen Vogue. “And I insisted the next election — I campaigned for two women Senators on the condition that if they won they would come on the Judiciary Committee, so there would never be again all men making a judgement on this.”

“And my one regret is that I wasn’t able to tone down the attacks on her by some of my Republican friends,” he continued. “I mean, they really went after her. As much as I tried to intervene, I did not have the power to gavel them out of order. I tried to be like a judge and only allow a question that would be relevant to ask."

This isn’t Biden’s first round of apologies to Hill in the media. He made a public mea culpa during the Glamour’s Women of the Year summit in New York last month.

In response, Hill told the Washington Post, "I still don’t think it takes ownership of his role in what happened. And he also doesn’t understand that it wasn’t just that I felt it was not fair."

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“Since 2012, I have advocated tirelessly to empower our communities and make them safer,” Fulton said to The Miami Herald. “But the work is not done. I am proud to announce that I will run to represent District 1 on the county commission.”

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Tomi Lahren Slams Alabama's Abortion Law

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Thursday afternoon (May 16) Tomi Lahren took to social media to offer her take on the restrive abortion laws and bans taking place across the country, and surprisingly the conservative host offered a liberal take.

I will be attacked by fellow conservatives for saying this but so be it, this Alabama abortion ban is too restrictive. It doesn’t save life, it simply forces women into more dangerous methods, other states or countries. You don’t encourage life via blanket government mandate!

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"I will be attacked by fellow conservatives for saying this but so be it, this Alabama abortion ban is too restrictive. It doesn’t save a life, it simply forces women into more dangerous methods, other states or countries. You don’t encourage life via blanket government mandate," Lahren tweeted.

Lahren's tweet merited a collective digital eyebrow raise and caused her to trend, with naysayers.

*see’s tomi lahren is trending*me: ah she mustve said some dumb shit again

Tomi Lahren: actually this abortion law is terrible

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I have *agreed* with a Tomi Lahren tweet. #AbortionIsAWomansRight https://t.co/5pkY2MguXr

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Even though Tomi Lahren believes Alabama abortion ban is to restrictive she needs to remember - she votes and promotes the Republicans agenda. She knows they’ve wanted Roe V Wade over turned and she’s helped get theses douche bags elected!

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"We protect the innocent, we champion the vulnerable, we stand up and speak for those that are unable to speak for themselves." the Republican governor said.

The bill challenges the landmark 1973 Roe v Wade Supreme Court decision, which made abortions illegal. After the signing of the bill, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez took to Twitter to blast the legislative measure.

"Six weeks pregnant equals two-weeks late on your period," the 29-year-old congresswoman tweeted. "Most of the men writing these bills don’t know the first thing about a woman’s body outside of the things they want from it. It’s relatively common for a woman to have a late period + not be pregnant."

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