Former Vice President Joe Biden said Brett Kavanaugh's accuser needs to be treated better than senators treated Anita Hill 27 years ago.
His comments came during a Friday interview on NBC's "Today.
"Anita Hill was vilified when she came forward by a lot of my colleagues," he said. I wish I could have done more to prevent those questions and the way they asked them."
Biden was the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee when Hill came forward with sexual harassment allegations during the confirmation hearings of then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas.
Biden praised Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were teenagers, for coming forward. Biden said he hopes senators appreciate her courage.
"I hope that they understand what courage it takes for someone to come forward and relive what they believe happened to them," he said.
Biden said that if Ford testifies, she “should be treated with respect” and that she “should be given the benefit of the doubt and not be, you know, abused again by the system."
Asked what he would say to Hill today, Biden replied: “I’m sorry I couldn’t have stopped the kind of attacks that came to you."
Meanwhile President Donald Trump says the delay over Kavanaugh has lasted long enough.
"I don't think you can delay it any longer."
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