A sex scandal from the past could sink this top Democrat
There is one Democrat emerging as the top challenger to Donald Trump.
But their campaign could be over before it begins.
That’s because one sex scandal from the past could sink this top Democrat.
Former Vice President Joe Biden is sitting atop the Democrat Presidential polls and raised a whopping $6.3 million on his first day as a candidate.
But a scandal from his past threatens everything.
In the #MeToo era, Democrats have adopted the “believe all women” line when allegations of sexual harassment are made against conservative men.
But in 1991 – when then-Senator Biden was chair of the Judiciary Committee – Biden claimed Anita Hill was lying when she claimed Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas sexually harassed her.
No one took Hill’s claims seriously and many Americans believed they were part of an organized smear campaign to destroy a black conservative.
But in the wake of the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation, liberals are looking back at Biden’s performance in the Thomas hearings and ripping him for not taking Hill’s side in order to derail a conservative Supreme Court nominee.
Biden tried to take the edge off these attacks by calling Hill to apologize.
It did not go well.
The New York Times reports:
But Ms. Hill says the call from Mr. Biden left her feeling deeply unsatisfied.
In a lengthy telephone interview on Wednesday, she declined to characterize Mr. Biden’s words to her as an apology and said she was not convinced that he has taken full responsibility for his conduct at the hearings — or for the harm he caused other victims of sexual harassment and gender violence.
She said she views Mr. Biden as having “set the stage” for last year’s confirmation of Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh, who, like Justice Thomas, was elevated to the court despite accusations against him that he had acted inappropriately toward women. And, she added, she was troubled by the recent accounts of women who say Mr. Biden touched them in ways that made them feel uncomfortable…
…“I cannot be satisfied by simply saying, ‘I’m sorry for what happened to you,’” said Ms. Hill, now a professor of social policy, law and women’s studies at Brandeis University. “I will be satisfied when I know that there is real change and real accountability and real purpose.”
This issue is a tricky one for Biden.
He’s an older white man, and Hill is a black woman.
In the identity-obsessed Democrat Party, that makes Biden guilty of white privilege while Hill is a victim from a “marginalized group.”
How Democrat voters process the events from 1991 and Hill and Biden’s present day comments on them could determine the fate of Biden’s campaign.