Former Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina said on "The Story" that recent accusations of inappropriate touching against Joe Biden "diminish" the more serious allegations of "real abuse" of women.

"There is real abuse that goes on. Matt Lauer, other people in this town, Harvey Weinstein, other people in Tinseltown, the gymnastics coach, there is real assault and real abuse. This kind of thing diminishes all of that,” said Fiorina, referencing Larry Nassar, the former team doctor at USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University who was convicted of sexually assaulting young girls for decades.

The former Hewlett-Packard CEO responded to the "re-litigation" of Biden's treatment of Anita Hill during the 1991 Senate confirmation hearings of Justice Clarence Thomas. That came after Lucy Flores, a former candidate for lieutenant governor in Nevada, revealed in March that an encounter with Biden at a 2014 campaign rally made her uncomfortable.



Fiorina said the criticism of Biden's behavior is part of the Democrats' shift to the left, which will make it more difficult for Biden to win the nomination.

She said the accusations she's heard against the 76-year-old former vice president and senator make him look "careless" or "thoughtless" in his interactions with women, but doesn't make him a "bad man."

Fiorina said Biden's support from labor unions will be "powerful" in the general election and it should not be dismissed by President Trump or other 2020 Democrats. She noted that Hillary Clinton struggled to win over unions in 2016, contributing to her defeat.

Watch the full interview above.


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