Focusing on Hunter Biden: It ‘Doesn’t Matter’ to Voters

Focusing on Hunter Biden: It ‘Doesn’t Matter’ to Voters


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Janet Ybarra
Former Washington Journalist
Contributor on The Bipartisan Press

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There’s something that Jill Biden and Mike Huckabee can agree on: Drop the attacks on Hunter Biden and move on to other issues in the closing weeks of the presidential campaign.

Donald Trump, his campaign and his allies have been going after the younger Biden hard, trying to claim some corruption on the part of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on behalf of his son’s work for a Ukrainian energy company.

The New York Post–owned by Rupert Murdoch who also owns Fox News–recently published a story widely seen as suspect, claiming emails from the younger Biden which supposedly prove the corruption.

Federal authorities were investigating whether a Russian influence operation was behind the disclosure of emails. 

Sunday, The New York Times published an article claiming the New York Post reporter who wrote most of the article about Biden’s laptop “refused to put his name” on the story “because he had concerns over the article’s credibility.” 

Joe Biden’s wife, Jill, used an appearance on the daytime talkshow The View as an opportunity to speak out for her stepson, Hunter.

“I don’t like to see my son attacked and certainly I don’t like to see my husband attacked, but for me or to me these are distractions. I mean, this election is not about Joe Biden or Jill Biden or Kamala or Doug, it is about the American people,” she said, referring to vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris and her husband, Doug Emhoff. “The American people don’t want to hear these smears against my family. The American people are struggling right now. I mean, they’re in the midst of all this chaos. They’re trying to figure out how to put food on the table, you know, they don’t have jobs. They need health care. Americans don’t want to hear this.”

However, it’s not only the Bidens and their partisans who want the Hunter Biden narrative dropped.

So does Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor and one-time Republican presidential candidate who is also father of one of those who served as a White House press secretary for Trump, Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

In an interview on Fox News, he told Trump to give up talking about Hunter Biden.

“Yeah, It is a mistake. Because the average person doesn’t understand it. It’s too complicated. And frankly, it doesn’t matter to them,” Huckabee said. “They care about their healthcare costs. They care about their taxes. They care about safety in their neighborhood on their block and in their yard. Focus on that and he wins the election by a landslide.”

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