Embattled first son Hunter Biden attacked Fox News and The New York Post in an op-ed, published Thursday by USA Today, in which he accused the two outlets of running a “disinformation campaign” to use his personal struggles to destroy his father, President Joe Biden.
The younger Biden began his piece with a brief history of his battle with substance abuse — and, noting correctly that most Americans know at least one person who has struggled with addiction, said that the only reason anyone cared about his personal issues was the fact that he was the son of the president of the United States.
“My struggles and my mistakes have been fodder for a vile and sustained disinformation campaign against him, and an all-out annihilation of my reputation through high-pitched but fruitless congressional investigations and, more recently, criminal charges for possessing an unloaded gun for 11 days five years ago – charges that appear to be the first-ever of their kind brought in the history of Delaware,” Biden claimed.
He went on to say that he himself was “not a victim,” but he worried that the focus on his personal issues — as a means by which to attack Joe Biden — would result in other people who struggle with addiction feeling marginalized and being afraid to ask for help because they saw his private demons splashed all over the front page or headlining the 10 o’clock news.
“What troubles me is the demonization of addiction, of human frailty, using me as its avatar and the devastating consequences it has for the millions struggling with addiction, desperate for a way out and being bombarded by the denigrating and near-constant coverage of me and my addiction on Fox News (more airtime than GOP presidential candidate Ron DeSantis) and in The New York Post (an average of two stories a day over the past year),” he said.
Critics weren’t buying Hunter Biden’s argument, however.
“1) I pray Hunter is in fact sober, though this level of untreated narcissism suggests serious ongoing problems. 2) legit LOL at USA Today for running this on-its-face absurd interference for Biden family business corruption,” The Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway said.
1) I pray Hunter is in fact sober, though this level of untreated narcissism suggests serious ongoing problems.
2) legit LOL at USA Today for running this on-its-face absurd interference for Biden family business corruption. pic.twitter.com/2DKPhVPtqH
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) November 2, 2023
“Don’t talk about Hunter Biden enriching himself off of the CCP at the expense of national security, engaging in human trafficking, violating gun laws and FARA because you’re ‘demonizing’ his coke addiction,” radio host Dana Loesch added. “Shame on privileged Hunter Biden for exploiting addiction to dodge accountability for his crimes. Not all addicts sell out their country to the CCP and not all criminals are addicts,” she wrote in a separate post.