Joe Biden spent decades cultivating his image as a “middle class” legislator, free of the usual corrupting pressures a pol faces. He wanted people to see him as simple, not swampy. A big part of this con was his well-advertised commute from Delaware to Washington, D.C., on Amtrak.
The media is working overtime to isolate Hunter as the one bad apple in the Biden family. But the truth is that he picked up his grifting habits from his uncles, aunt, and pop.
He kept up this charade during his years as vice president, insisting that the Obama administration didn’t give off even a whiff of scandal, a lie that he has continued to peddle as a presidential candidate. The press, of course, lapped it all up. They happily aided Biden in his con by portraying him as “authentic,” despite the fact that the signature moment of his career had been plagiarizing a biographical speech from Neil Kinnock, a British leftist whose socialism Biden would come to ape, too.
The Hunter Biden scandal has exposed the media’s malpractice in covering Biden. The media left the public in the dark about the true character of the Biden family. Far from simple and unacquainted with the swampiness of Washington, Biden sat at the center of a family of lobbyists. While the press was swallowing his nonsense about the unimpeachable integrity of the Obama White House, Biden was letting his siblings and son profit off his government influence.
It appears that Hunter was thoroughly corrupted by the Biden family ethos, one which, as Peter Schweizer writes in Profiles in Corruption, “depends on Joe Biden’s political influence and involves no less than five family members.”
Biden’s sister, Valerie, has made millions off her brother. She runs a political messaging firm that has raked in gobs of money from her brother’s various campaigns. The White House years were also good for his two brothers, James and Frank. They found lobbying gigs in construction and education, positions for which they had zero experience.
“It would be easier to dismiss these entanglements if they only involved one of the Bidens,” writes Schweizer. “The fact that it involves five family members indicates there is a culture within the Biden family that trades off Joe’s power. And Joe appears willing to act on their behalf whenever he can.”
It turns out that Hunter was the most proficient at trading on Joe’s influence. He left his uncles in the dust, scooping up millions in China and Ukraine. One of the reasons the media won’t cover this scandal is that doing so throws light on its previous protection of Biden. Reporters don’t want to admit that they ignored an enormous scandal during the Obama years and wish to maintain the myth that those years were singularly ethical. Hunter exploited this cover to the hilt, trotting along with his father on Air Force Two to China and returning with millions from the Beijing communists.
Biden claims ignorance of Hunter’s mischief, despite photos and now emails establishing that he hobnobbed with Hunter’s bosses. The truth is that Biden has been feathering his son’s nest for decades. Right out of law school, Hunter, thanks to his father’s ministrations, found a job at MBNA, the Delaware credit card company whose interests Joe had long protected in the Senate. Hunter made hundreds of thousands of dollars off this gig for activities that remain mysterious. Joe Biden’s coziness with MBNA earned him the nickname “corporate Joe” for his frequent willingness to spearhead legislation that made it easier for credit card companies to squeeze consumers. As Byron York established in The American Spectator, Biden even got an executive at MBNA to buy his house at an above-market price.
The media is working overtime to isolate Hunter as the one bad apple in the Biden family. But the truth is that he picked up his grifting habits from his uncles, aunt, and pop. He also learned to lie from his father. One of Biden’s worst lies is the claim that his first wife died due to a drunk driver. “A tractor-trailer, a guy who allegedly — and I never pursued it — drank his lunch instead of eating his lunch, broadsided my family and killed my wife instantly and killed my daughter instantly and hospitalized my two sons,” he has said. The reason Biden didn’t pursue this story is that it is totally untrue. The truck driver was not drunk and hadn’t violated any traffic rules. The poor man, according to his children, spent his last years on Earth under a cloud of shame due to Biden’s lying.
Nothing has changed in the Biden family. They are still lying, except now the issue is influence-peddling. This, of course, hasn’t stopped Biden from whining about the problem of “money in politics” or moralizing about the danger Trump poses to America’s children. Swampy Joe continues to rattle on about the “soul of America” while losing his own in a stream of lies.
George Neumayr is author of The Biden Deception.