Feinstein defends Biden: He is 'a warm, tactile person'

Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinCaitlyn Jenner exploring bid for California governor: report WokeWorld comes for 'oppressor' Obama: Activists rip school being named after 'deporter in chief' Senators press for answers in Space Command move decision MORE (D-Calif.) on Monday came to the defense of former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFederal Reserve chair: Economy would have been 'so much worse' without COVID-19 relief bills Biden to meet Monday with bipartisan lawmakers about infrastructure Jill Biden gives shout out to Champ, Major on National Pet Day MORE amid allegations that Biden has inappropriately touched women, saying that Biden is a "warm, tactile person."

"He reaches out and he touches and it's like this and that. It's hardly sexy," Feinstein said, according to Politico.

"It's a new thing that people have been affronted by it. Over 25 years I've never seen that before," she added. 


Although Biden has yet to officially announce his candidacy for president in 2020, Feinstein has already thrown her support behind him. "My candidate would be Joe Biden," she said in January. 

In recent days, two women have come forward to accuse Biden of inappropriately touching them.

Lucy Flores, a former state lawmaker in Nevada, said Friday in an essay published in New York Magazine's The Cut that Biden touched her shoulders and kissed the back of her head before a Nevada campaign event in 2014.

In response to the accusation, Biden said in a statement on Sunday that he has "offered countless handshakes, hugs, expressions of affection, support and comfort" but doesn’t believe he ever acted inappropriately.

A second woman, Amy Lappos, came forward on Monday, saying Biden touched her and rubbed noses with her at a 2009 political fundraiser.

"It wasn’t sexual, but he did grab me by the head," Lappos told the Hartford Courant.