Few Democrats expected President Trump to wield the powers of his office and the bully pulpit he holds wisely after he took office.
No one could foresee, however, the extent to which he would use his position to go after his political opponents.
Now, the target of his attacks designed to bring down the man he has considered his most potent Democratic rival has spoken up to give a resounding middle finger to the president over his calls for an investigation into his business activities.
Hunter Biden, the son of the leading 2020 Democratic contender, Joe Biden, was accused by Trump of using his father’s position as Vice President to facilitate his business dealings with China and Ukraine while his dad was still in office.
During a May interview with Fox News’ Steve Hilton, Trump affirmed his willingness to politicize and weaponize the Justice Department to fight his electoral rivals when he said that the DOJ should “one hundred percent” investigate the former vice president and his son due to the allegations.
According to an article in Newsweek, the allegations by Trump stem from a trip that Hunter Biden made with his father to China in December of 2013 when the then-VP was meeting with President Xi Jinping.
The younger Mr. Biden was reportedly pursuing an investment from the Bank of China at the time for the BHR Partners investment fund he managed with his business partner Devon Archer.
If this sounds suspiciously hypocritical for a president who drew wholesale condemnation for allowing his daughter Ivanka to traipse around the G-20 summit last week, oblivious to her lack of an official diplomatic role or skills, you’re catching onto Trump’s M.O.
Trump also tried to tie the Bidens to a scandal involving Ukraine, the former Soviet republic that was illegally invaded by his chum Vladimir Putin.
The president claims that Joe Biden threatened the Ukraine government with withholding $1 billion in U.S. loan guarantees if they didn’t remove a government prosecutor ignoring corruption in his department.
Trump is trying to say, without any evidence, that the targeted prosecutor — who was eventually voted out of office by the Ukrainian parliament — was investigating a local energy company for which Hunter Biden was a board member and that Biden’s threat was an attempt to protect his son.
In an article in The New Yorker today, the magazine describes how a helicopter was hovering nearby when Hunter Biden first read reports of Trump’s political vengeance plans.
“I said, ‘I hope they’re taking pictures of us right now. I hope it’s a live feed of the President so he can see just how much I care about the tweets,'” the younger Biden told the magazine. He also mentioned that he told his new wife, Melissa Cohen, “I don’t care. F*** you, Mr. President. Here I am, living my life.”
Hunter also told The New Yorker that while his overseas business ventures were the “right decisions for my family and me” at the time, they “certainly wasn’t worth the grief” he was now creating for his father’s campaign.
“I would never have been able to predict that Donald Trump would have picked me out as the tip of the spear against the one person they believe can beat them,” he admitted.
One must realize that President Trump’s worldview can only comprehend minds that operate on the same felonious frequency as his own. Thus he projects the motivations and actions that he himself would take in any given situation upon his opponents in their own lives.
His brain compartmentalizes to such a degree that he can hold his accusatory views of the Bidens’ supposedly corrupt behavior simultaneously while denying the very type of corruption already rampant in his own administration and business.
The rest of the world may view it as massive hypocrisy, but to President Trump, it’s just another method of squirming around inconvenient truths to achieve his selfish aims.
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