In an interview with WNYC earlier this week, Sen. Alan Simpson (R-WY), one of the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee who heard testimony from Anita Hill twenty-three years ago, admits he was a “monster” to her. But he explains it was because he didn’t believe her allegations were that serious.
“I thought, what is this? I mean, for God’s sake, what did he do? Well, nothing,” Simpson says, adding that his wife, Ann, experienced “much more harassment than Anita Hill.” – as if there are acceptable levels to harassment.
Simpson paraphrases his exchange with Hill:
Did he touch you?
No, she said.
What is it?
Well, we watched porn movies together. And he wanted to talk about Long Dong Silver and pubic hair and coke cans.
Is that it? Is that it?
Yes, it is.
“And so I was a monster. I was just pissed to the core,” he says.
Simpson has come under fire since then for his comments about women. In 2010, when he was the co-chairman of President Obama’s bipartisan debt commission, he described social security as a “milk cow with 310 million tits!” in an e-mail.
He later apologized.