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Joe Biden: The Most Corrupt President Since Warren Harding
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The headlines about the massive griftocracy that is the Biden family are ramping up.

No less than former President Donald Trump cited the American Spectator piece, “Arrangement in Hunter Green,penned by the inimitable Dov Fischer.

In the article, Dov says, among other very pointed reveals, this:

In contemplating the pay-to-play corruption, nowhere has there ever been as much evident and overt financial filth under the color of the White House as there has been in the Biden orbit. Some day, perhaps in another era, someone will look back when there no longer is a Left to cover up Biden nonfeasance, malfeasance, and misfeasance. Someday, the entire story will come out: Biden’s lifetime of manipulating White assembly-line Rust Belt union workers, playing them for dummies, and posing as a working-class stiff from Scranton who rides the trains. Give the guy his due: In one solitary area of life, Biden truly figured out and discovered the color of his parachute, the one and only area where he really does excel: making wealthy people of nuclear family mediocrities by empowering and enabling them to leverage his government roles to gain them insider access to millions. George Neumayr has written on it. So has Peter Schweizer. But there always is more because, for the Bidens — especially Hunter — it is never enough.

Over there at the New York Post, here is the headline from Mary Kay Linge: “Hunter Biden’s firm helped China gain control of electric-car mineral: report.”

This week, Post columnist Miranda Devine releases her new book, Laptop from Hell: Hunter Biden, Big Tech, and the Dirty Secrets the President Tried to Hide.

Devine’s book, as released excerpts show in vivid detail, reveals a family that has spent the decades of Joe Biden’s career grifting off of his positions as U.S. senator from Delaware and vice president of the United States.

The New York Post editorial board writes of all this: “At the very least, the Chinese were paying the vice president’s son for government access. But it also now seems that the Chinese were paying Joe Biden millions through his son.”

The Post, which, recall, had their initial scoop of the Hunter laptop in the stretch of the 2020 campaign ignored by Big Media or blocked outright by Big Tech, adds this: “We’ve asked these questions of the administration and it ignores us, knowing that CNN, The Washington Post, The New York Times, et al. have its back and will never press things.”

Well now.

What all of this recalls is no less than the presidency of one Warren Harding, the Republican senator from Ohio elected in a landslide in 1920 — exactly 100 years ago. Personable, popular Warren Harding seemingly had everything to be a great president. His Cabinet picks were stellar. Charles Evans Hughes, the former governor of New York, 1916 GOP presidential nominee, and ex-Supreme Court justice, was a beacon of personal integrity and ability as secretary of state. So too was the secretary of the treasury, the legendary banker Andrew Mellon. This is not to mention the widely respected secretary of commerce, Herbert Hoover.

But Harding had a problem. Just as Joe Biden’s problem is his personal family — his son Hunter, his brothers and sister — Harding’s problem was his political family from Ohio dubbed “the Ohio Gang.” Wikipedia describes the Ohio Gang thusly:

“The Ohio Gang was a gang of politicians and industry leaders closely surrounding Warren G. Harding, the 29th President of the United States of America. Many of these individuals came into Harding’s personal orbit during his tenure as a state-level politician in Ohio, hence the name.

During the Harding administration, several members of the Ohio Gang became involved in financial scandals. These included the Teapot Dome scandal and apparent malfeasance at the U.S. Department of Justice, some of which ended in prison terms and a suicide.”

It should be noted that while the term “Ohio Gang” became an epithet in the political vernacular of the day, it did indeed include members who were not from Ohio. But what all had in common was that they were very much instrumental members in Harding’s political family.

Two members of the Harding Cabinet, Secretary of the Interior Albert Fall and Attorney General Harry Daugherty would go to prison for accepting bribes. The infamous Teapot Dome scandal — now regarded as the greatest political scandal in American history until Watergate — involved the lease of Navy oil reserves in Teapot Dome, Wyoming. Fall allowed the oil companies to get the leases at low rates with no competitive bidding — after accepting bribes to do so. Fall has the historical asterisk of being the first U.S. Cabinet member to be sent to federal prison.

But whether it is a president’s political family, as with Harding, or his personal family, as with Biden, the rampant corruption is stunning. And the fact that the mainstream media effectively tries to ignore the blatant scandal of the Biden family will only further the mainstream media’s decided loss of credibility with millions of Americans.

Can you imagine — can you imagine — if the players at the heart of the Biden scandals were named . . . Trump? If Don Jr. had ever come close to what Hunter Biden has actually done — and done repeatedly — he would have been relentlessly tracked and prosecuted until there were no more cows left to come home.

What is on vivid display with both the Biden family and the protection it is getting from the liberal media is nothing less than the massive corruption of the American political system. This kind of systemic corruption is exactly why so many millions of Americans elected Donald Trump in the first place.

Add to this rampant Biden corruption the abysmal failures of the Biden policies, from soaring inflation and gas prices to the Afghanistan disaster to the chaos of the southern border to his handling of COVID, and it’s no wonder Joe Biden’s poll numbers have plummeted, with Kamala Harris’s lurching even further south.

Not to mention that this is exactly why a headline of another poll reads this way: “Donald Trump Beats Joe Biden in Key Swing States in 2024 Matchup, New Poll Shows.”

Exactly.

Jeffrey Lord
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Jeffrey Lord, a contributing editor to The American Spectator, is a former aide to Ronald Reagan and Jack Kemp. An author and former CNN commentator, he writes from Pennsylvania at jlpa1@aol.com. His new book, Swamp Wars: Donald Trump and The New American Populism vs. The Old Order, is now out from Bombardier Books.
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