“Have I forgiven Joe Biden? I’m ready to move on, but I am also ready to hold Joe Biden accountable. Accountability means acknowledging your role in a problem and the harm it’s caused. Acknowledging that you have culpability,” Hill told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour at the CITIZEN by CNN conference in New York on Thursday.
Hill continued: “Giving me clear information that you have made a change and that you are going to do something to make us all better off around gender discrimination.”
In his bid for president and through the lens of the #MeToo movement, Biden is under renewed scrutiny for the controversial episode from his lengthy Senate career.
The Biden campaign declined to comment on Hill’s Thursday statement.
Hill also addressed the allegation of sexual and physical assault against now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and said officials “didn’t go far enough” in handling the matter.
Hill said the “structure was hostile” when professor Christine Blasey Ford appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee to testify about her allegation of sexual assault against Kavanaugh.
“Even though the tone of the questions, in some sense, might have been different, the structure was hostile,” Hill said, drawing comparisons to when she herself appeared before the same committee in 1991.
Hill said there was a limit to the number of witnesses called on by investigators, and said there were “limits to what they would do to really find out if in fact this nominee was the best person to sit on the US Supreme Court, in a lifetime appointment.”
Hill said she was disappointed by the outcome of the Kavanaugh hearings, but said she sees it as an opportunity “for us to realize now how much work there is to be done.” She called gender-based violence an urgent “public health crisis” and a “public safety crisis.”
Hill called on the media to ask presidential candidates how they will respond to and address the #MeToo movement, and said she is not satisfied with “the way the media has treated this issue.”