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Wed Jun 12, 2024, 07:00 AM Jun 12

Hunter Biden conviction shatters Trump's persecution narrative


The survival of the rule of law in America and untainted justice may depend on the choice voters make in November.

The country’s divergent possible paths under President Joe Biden or presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump were highlighted in the way both men, their families and their political operations reacted to the twin trials and verdicts.

Biden made no effort to interfere in the prosecution of his son Hunter with either his executive authority or with the media megaphone of his office. He allowed his own Justice Department to secure a guilty verdict Tuesday that could result in jail time for the recovering addict and hurt his own 2024 campaign. “I will accept the outcome of this case and will continue to respect the judicial process as Hunter considers an appeal,” the president said after the jury found his son guilty of lying on a federal background check form and possessing a gun while addicted to, or using, illegal drugs. He has already said he won’t pardon his son. In his first reaction to the verdict, Hunter Biden didn’t attack the judge or prosecutors, simply saying he was grateful for the love and support of his family and blessed to be clean again.

The Bidens’ comportment contrasted with Trump’s reaction to his own trial and conviction nearly two weeks ago in his hush money case. The ex-president lashed out at witnesses, prosecutors, jurors and the judge. He claimed that “this was done by (the) Biden administration in order to wound or hurt a political opponent.” He blasted “a rigged decision,” despite the fact the Justice Department was not involved in the case brought by the Manhattan district attorney. Since then, Trump has been warning he’d use presidential powers to punish his political opponents and bend the legal system to his will.

Lead story. So much for "the media is going to play up the conviction to help Trump" conspiracy theories.
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(63,562 posts)
1. I didn't see any claims that Hunter's conviction would be used to help Trump
Wed Jun 12, 2024, 07:12 AM
Jun 12

Unless Hunter had been acquitted, of course.

But I am seeing lots of online comments like "Hunter was convicted because he was guilty. Trump was convicted because he's the victim of persecution."


(63,562 posts)
8. Ah. CNN contradicts an an offhand comment on an anonymous posting forum. Got it.
Wed Jun 12, 2024, 08:15 AM
Jun 12

I misread the subject line to infer that CNN’s story shatters Trump’s persecution narrative, which continues apace.

But I suppose it provides a brief Gotcha! moment, and that’s what’s really important in all of this.


(3,197 posts)
3. Glad the case was decided quickly. But if I was Daddy Biden, after the election I'd pardon the kid just to tick off....
Wed Jun 12, 2024, 07:29 AM
Jun 12

...the righties. Lord knows Trump pardoned the scum of the earth and Hunter made a host of bad choices was not evil in intent.


(23,163 posts)
4. I immediately checked with a few cultists I know and BS was immediately spreading...
Wed Jun 12, 2024, 07:37 AM
Jun 12

They were sharing a fabricated statement which looked like a Trump statement. The messaging of Trump "saving Hunter Biden" from gun-related charges was playing well with them. smh (Of course, the rest of the statement was the typical Hunter and his dad are the worst criminals in history narrative.

“His father, one of our worst presidents, is more concerned with making the gun control people happy, so he won’t have the courage to step in here and help Hunter,” reads another excerpt. “Don’t worry, Joe – I will Save your son after I get elected – for the third time!”



(11,001 posts)
9. They've already found their narrative:
Wed Jun 12, 2024, 09:16 AM
Jun 12

"Several prominent Republicans said they were not impressed by the guilty verdict against President Joe Biden’s son on Tuesday, complaining that the government should have busted him for worse crimes."

“'This trial has been nothing more than a distraction from the real crimes of the Biden Crime Family, which has raked in tens of millions of dollars from China, Russia and Ukraine,' Karoline Leavitt, a spokesperson for Donald Trump’s Republican presidential campaign, said in reaction to the verdict."

"Republicans still found a way to make that argument by suggesting the gun charges were actually a cover-up."

"Stephen Miller, a former adviser in Trump’s White House, promoted the conspiracy theory that Joe Biden is pulling strings at the Justice Department and had orchestrated charges that didn’t implicate the president himself in any wrongdoing."



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10. I'm sorry for the Biden family, but glad for the campaign.
Wed Jun 12, 2024, 09:20 AM
Jun 12

I can't see how anyone who has followed both of these court stories could fail to see that Biden would be the far better leader for our country.

Well.... I am getting a glimmer of seeing. I can imagine hard-core Trumpists scoffing about Biden's not stepping in and "being strong" for his son.

Just two totally different world views out there. Like Rachel says, Earth 1 and Earth 2.

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