President Biden will deliver bold action and immediate relief for American families as the country grapples with converging crises.

Trump has a problem, namely that he has nepotistically put his family in charge of official government shit they really shouldn’t be in charge of, like putting Jared Kushner in charge of “peace in the middle east”, and having him be given really high security clearance despite him failing a security check and being deemed not trustworthy to have such a clearance.

Trump has also refused to put his holdings in a properly blind trust, and meets with his sons (who are the nominal people ‘running’ the company in his absence) every day.

Coincidentally, he’s hosted several official events at his properties, and is more likely to listen to foreign diplomats who stay at his properties.

And then you have stuff like him just openly endorsing products while in the Oval Office. Ivanka also did the same thing on Twitter.


So, what’s the easiest way to deal with a problem where you seem to be corruptly using your office for gain and nepotistically favoring your own family members with government positions?

Simple: you accuse your opponent of doing exactly what you’re doing, that way your supporters can say, “Both sides do it; therefore it’s not a problem.”

The specific accusation centers around Hunter Biden and a Ukrainian gas company called Burisma. For 5 years from 2014 to 2019, Hunter Biden served on their board. During that time, the company was suspected of corruption (which is not unusual for oil/gas companies in the region; there’s a lot of corruption in Ukraine and Russia in general.)

The Ukrainian prosecutor who was supposed to be investigating the company was fired, based on international pressure from, among other countries, the US, at a time when Biden was VP.

Thus, the theory goes that Biden used his power as VP to get his son out of trouble by having the prosecutor fired.


There are a couple of issues with this theory, though:

1) Biden did not unilaterally push for this guy to be ousted. It was the position of the US government across a variety of departments that this guy needed to go. It was also argued for by several other allied countries. Why did he need to go? Because

2) The prosecutor was actually accused of not taking corruption seriously, and not doing his job to look into this and other corruption allegations. Again, bribery and corruption are common in Ukraine, and a number of countries had become concerned that this guy was letting shit get past him.

There was also concern about a broader geopolitical context, whereby the West was trying to get Ukraine to clean up its act so they could support it more against Russia, which was (and still is) fighting an undeclared war on Ukraine’s eastern border following Russia’s prior illegal annexation of Crimea, which in turn feeds into the larger geopolitical conflict where Ukraine was potentially looking to join NATO and/or the EU, and Russia wanted to stop Ukraine from doing so, as it would feel threatened having a NATO/EU-aligned country of that size right on its border.

In this context, corruption often goes to support Ukrainian oligarchs who in turn tend to support Russian-alignment over Western-alignment, so this was part of a broader strategy of trying to get Ukraine on the West’s side and not on Russia’s side.

Anyway. Other issues:

3) The alleged corruption issues with Burisma didn’t actually have to do with Hunter Biden himself.

4) This stuff was actually investigated and Hunter Biden cleared of any wrongdoing, both by Ukrainian officials and by a Republican-led investigation in the US Senate.

5) A lot of these allegations came from investigating done by Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal lawyer. This is itself a conflict, as of course Biden’s opponent’s lawyer wants to do anything he can to smear Biden. But wait! There’s more.

6) Giuliani, in turn, got his information from dudes who turned out to be Russian intelligence officials, and thus had an interest in faking evidence against Biden, as Russia is widely known to have preferred Trump winning to a Biden victory, and has in other mediums (such as with fake twitter bot armies) supported Trump in the 2020 election. Indeed, at least one of the guys, Derkach, was sanctioned by the Trump’s own Treasury Department for being a Russian agent interfering in the 2020 election.

Giuliani, in his defense, said that basically the guy didn’t look like a Russian agent and he wasn’t told he was a Russian agent, so he had no reason to suspect him. This contradicts the fact that US intelligence agencies apparently repeatedly warned Trump that Giuliani’s associate was likely a Russian agent.

Giuliani later said in his defense that, “The chance that Derkach is a Russian spy is no better than 50/50” this being after Derkach had already been sanctioned by the Treasury department for being a Russian spy.


Anyway. So this conspiracy theory then got renewed in the run-up to the election with allegations that a laptop supposedly left at a computer repair shop in Delaware by Hunter Biden had emails on it that showed Hunter had used his position for corruption, including promising access to his father.

This, too, has some problems, including that several media companies (including Fox News), when approached about running the story, failed to corroborate enough to consider it a credible story worth running:

the Wall Street Journal and Fox News — among the only news organizations that have been given access to key documents — found that the emails and other records don’t make that case. Leaving aside the many questions about their provenance, the materials offered no evidence that Joe Biden played any role in his son’s dealings in China, let alone profited from them, both news organizations concluded.

The New York Post, the one newspaper that did finally run it, is a tabloid with a not-great reputation, and even so, the reporter who wrote up most of the story refused to put his own name on the byline because he thought the story wasn’t credible and didn’t want to attach his name to it.

Other issues include that Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal lawyer, was once again involved in this; the store owner of the computer repair shop contradicted himself repeatedly when questioned about it; and then there was the episode with Tucker Carlson, where he claimed to have all the documents that were going to definitively prove Biden was unfit for office, only to claim the documents had been mysteriously lost in the mail, and also that they only had a physical copy, and also that that was the sole physical copy, on the eve of the election. UPS helpfully said they had found the lost documents and delivered them to Carlson, and yet somehow Carlson never did get around to showing how all this would be incredibly damning for Biden before the election happened. He did, however, find enough time to claim there was voter fraud in Georgia, specifically of a dead man voting. He was then subsequently forced to apologize when it turned out that the ‘dead voters’ were in fact alive.


So yeah, pretty standard conservative conspiracy theory crap that you’d only believe if you never flipped the channel from Fox News and believed every word Trump, Carlson, Giuliani, and the like spoonfeed you. But there’s a lot of conservatives who fit that description, so naturally they believe it all and think Biden is insanely corrupt.