Hunter Biden flew too close to the sun, and he's finally facing some accountability. After an attempt to let the president's son off with a sweetheart plea deal, the Department of Justice was essentially forced to appoint a special counsel. That led to a series of new gun and tax charges, with FARA violations possibly still on the table as well.
According to Politico, the news has left Joe Biden in a grim state of mind. The article notes that he's been sending his son texts with a "fresh sense of urgency."
Some days it’s with a text. On others, it’s a call, even just to leave a message.
President Joe Biden reaches out to his son Hunter regularly to check on him. And increasingly, those messages have taken on a fresh sense of urgency.
The younger Biden is facing new criminal charges and could soon be held in contempt of Congress after refusing to testify in a Republican-led hearing meant to impugn the reputations of both him and his father. Those closest to the president have grown more worried about the personal toll it is taking on the older man.
“I know when he hurts. He doesn’t talk about it much, most of us don’t,” said former Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.), who has been friends with the elder Biden for more than four decades. “He has a real human decency, and a lot of it is created by scarring. And he’s worried.”
In a normal situation, there would be nothing wrong with Joe Biden feeling angst over his son's predicament. You would expect that from any parent even if their child is ultimately at fault, and Hunter Biden clearly is.
On the other hand, this isn't really a normal situation. Note the line above about how the "Republican-led hearing" that Hunter Biden skipped was "meant to impugn the reputations of both him and his father." Does that sound like a scenario where either man is trying to take responsibility for what they are facing? If they aren't going to treat this with the seriousness it deserves, why should anyone else?
Hunter Biden is not a victim and neither is his father. Joe Biden had ample opportunity to shut down the influence-peddling that was occurring in his name. He also had decades to stop enabling his son's degenerate behavior. Instead, Joe Biden did nothing but make excuses and blame others while ensuring Hunter Biden could continue his behavior--while facing no consequences.
At some point, you lose the right to garner sympathy in a situation like that. If Hunter Biden were willing to face the music like a man, it'd be one thing. Instead, he's flaunting congressional subpoenas and claiming the same government that tried to cover up his crimes is now persecuting him.
In a recent press conference, Hunter Biden proclaimed that Republicans had "taken the light" of his "father's love," claiming they have no shame. Yes, a guy who allegedly trafficked women, filmed himself doing crack, and skipped out on paying millions in taxes on ill-gotten gains has thoughts about shame. You can't make this stuff up.
Still, Politico did its best to pretend the Bidens are the victims.
“You can see it in his eyes, and you can see his shoulders slump,” said one confidant of the president in describing a recent conversation. “He’s so worried about Hunter. And we’re worried it could consume him.”
There's a really simple solution to that. Joe Biden could just resign, or at the very least, he could not run for re-election. A man in his 80s has no business being president anyway. No one is making him stay in office. He's welcome to step aside and focus on his son's issues. Of course, he won't do that because he's got to pardon his son before he leaves office.
Frankly, I'm a little tired of seeing the mainstream press pretend that the Bidens have been abused when all of these issues are of their own making. All available evidence shows that Hunter Biden committed easily provable crimes. More evidence shows Joe Biden knew about his son's nefarious dealings, and that's assuming he wasn't directly involved. Their chickens are coming home to roost, and that's a good thing, not something to lament.