MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow dug up never-before-aired footage of Anita Hill reflecting upon her experience testifying about alleged sexual harassment at the confirmation hearings for Clarance Thomas.
Maddow came across a transcript of the unaired footage, and shared it with her viewers to conceptualize what is facing Dr. Christine Ford when she testifies against Judge Brett Kavanaugh on Monday.
“The most difficult part, my parents were in — my mother turned 80 on the day of the vote to confirm Clarence Thomas, and I believed the difficult part was to watch my parents, who were elderly people, who had lived good lives and raised their children and to be honest and truthful and hardworking and all of the things that we want parents to do for their children,” Hill recounted.
“To watch them go through it, the sense that they felt that they couldn’t protect me from it, and I think it was really hard on them,” she continued.
“It undermined their confidence in whether or not the government truly represented them and for an African-American family, those kinds of questions have existed,” Hill reminded.
“And to have it personalized, I think was really difficult, but I have to say they were so strong and so wonderful and so supportive, and they never wavered,” she noted.
“But it was still hard for me to watch them go through that and to know that I couldn’t protect from the feelings that they had,” Hill concluded.
Maddow — after a warning for parents of young children to consider pushing the “mute” button — played video of Hill introducing her family before questioning. Hill was then pressed to testify on the content of pornographic films and the views Thomas held on the size of adult film star Long Dong Silver.
WATCH: 16-year-old Greta Thunberg rebukes GOPer who thinks other countries must solve climate change
Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old Swedish climate activist, faced off with members of Congress on Wednesday.
In a hearing before the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, Thunberg declined to submit a written opening statement.
"I don’t want you to listen to me, I want you to listen to the scientists and I want you to unite behind the science,” she said.
Republican Rep. Garret Graves of Louisiana tried to make the point that the U.S. should not curb its carbon emissions until other countries agreed to do so.
"Let me ask you a question," Graves said. "If you were sailing across the ocean and you were picking up trash along the way and for every one piece of trash you pick up, there's a boat right next to you dumping out five pieces, how would that make you feel?"
Saudi says oil attacks from north, sponsored by Iran
Saudi Arabia said Wednesday that strikes on its oil infrastructure came from the "north" and were "unquestionably" sponsored by Iran, but that the kingdom was still investigating where exactly they were launched from.
"The attack was launched from the north and unquestionably sponsored by Iran," defence ministry spokesman Turki al-Maliki told a press conference. "We are working to know the exact launch point."
However, he would not be drawn on whether Saudi Arabia believed Iran would ultimately be found to be the culprit, only saying they were confident they would find where the weapons were fired from.
‘The ground is shifting’: Longtime GOP aide sounds the alarm that Trump is putting Arizona in play
Chuck Coughlin, who once served as a top aide to two different Republican governors in Arizona, is warning that President Donald Trump is putting his state in play for the 2020 presidential election.
In an interview with Politico, Coughlin said his party has expressed real anxiety about the state turning blue next year.
"Republicans are very concerned,” he said. "The ground is shifting."
At the moment, just 45 percent of Arizona voters have a favorable view of Trump, while 53 percent have an unfavorable view. Additionally, the victory of Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) in last year's midterm elections showed that Democrats can be competitive in statewide races in a place that became famous for electing iconic conservative senators such as John McCain and Barry Goldwater.