Boy, does Hunter Biden get a ton of breaks. The White House has basically given up on setting any ethical rules for the First Son, while the cultural elite rush to cover for his sleaze.
Last week, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki refused to commit to “basic transparency” about Hunter’s divestment from an investment fund owned by a Chinese-state entity during a White House Press Briefing. She also refused to admit his infamous laptop is authentic.
“The president’s son is not an employee of the federal government, so I’d point you to his representatives,” Psaki snarked after being asked about the China connection. She used the same lame excuse back in February: “He’s a private citizen — I would point you to him or his lawyers on the outside on any update.”
And never mind that President Joe Biden pledged last December that no family member would have a conflict of interest in his administration: “My son, my family will not be involved in any business, any enterprise that is in conflict with or appears to be in conflict with where there’s appropriate distance from the presidency and government,” he told CNN.
A year later, he might have belatedly made good — assuming Hunter’s word is good, and that he doesn’t have other hidden foreign interests remaining. But Psaki won’t say if the Chinese firm bought Hunter out, or if he transferred ownership to someone else — say, his wife or an uncle.
The White House is as hopeless when it comes to Hunter’s art sales. Asked last month about the ethical issues around him selling amateur paintings for up to $500,000 a pop to anonymous (to the public, anyway) patrons, she again deflected.
Bizarrely, the administration just warned that the art and antiquities market is a hotbed for shady financial dealings. Irony much?
Meanwhile, the elite media continue to ignore the revelations from Hunter’s abandoned laptop. They’ve (mostly) dropped the “Russian disinformation” lie they used to suppress the news before the election; now they just ignore it.
Or push new fabrications: Vanity Fair’s fawning profile of artist Hunter just added a new wrinkle, calling it “the alleged stolen laptop.” But no one of note actually alleges that it was stolen: The Bidens have never denied it was his, nor even that he abandoned it. (In fact, he lost multiple laptops over his years of binges.)
It’s easy to see why Hunter never stops his games: Most of the world seems determined to cover for him.