At the New Hampshire Democratic debate on Friday, former Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-Church of Social Justice) insisted that the potential corruption involving former Vice President Joe Biden, his son Hunter, and the notoriously corrupt Ukrainian gas company Burisma is a distraction. He further insisted that Trump was trying to turn the Bidens against one another in calling out this corruption.
Does he not understand how nepotism works?
“This is not about Hunter Biden or Vice President Biden or any Biden, this is about an abuse of power by the president,” Buttigieg said. “The vice president and I and all of us are competing, but we’ve got to draw a line here.”
“And to be the kind of president — to be the kind of human being — who would seek to turn someone against his own son, who would seek to weaponize a son against his own father, is an unbelievably dishonorable thing,” the former mayor said.
Buttigieg defends Biden, " To be the kind of president, to be the kind of human being who would seek to turn someone against his own son, who would seek to weaponize a son against his own father, is an unbelievably dishonorable thing." pic.twitter.com/gqf5fDI3nz
— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) February 8, 2020
Buttigieg appeared not to understand how nepotism works. The point isn’t to pit a father against his own son, but rather to point out how the father helped his son rake in cash. Many Democrats have attacked Trump for his relationships with his children.
As for the Biden-Burisma caper, Hunter Biden took a lucrative job at the corrupt Ukrainian company shortly after his father became the Obama administration’s point man on Ukraine. The then-vice president pressured the president of Ukraine to fire a prosecutor who was investigating Burisma. Biden has claimed this had nothing to do with protecting his son, but the investigation into Burisma was dropped after the prosecutor was fired. Other members of Biden’s family have traded on his name for cash and power.
Yet Buttigieg does understand nepotism. He himself attacked Joe Biden for the Burisma scandal last year!
In an interview with the Associated Press, Mayor Pete pledged that his administration would “do everything we can to prevent even the appearance of a conflict. That’s very important because, as we see, it can create a lot of complications even when there is no wrongdoing.”
When asked how he would have handled such a situation, Buttigieg said, “So, I would not have wanted to see that happen.”
Was Mayor Pete being “unbelievably dishonorable” by suggesting his administration will be more above-board than Joe Biden was during the Obama administration? Was Buttigieg seeking to turn Biden against his own son?
He couldn’t have just been contradicting himself to attack Trump, could he? No, he’d never do that…
Tyler O’Neil is the author of Making Hate Pay: The Corruption of the Southern Poverty Law Center. Follow him on Twitter at @Tyler2ONeil.