December 8, 2019

The Problem with Joe Biden

“President Trump has been enduring the worst scandal of his presidency over the past two weeks, following evidence from both himself and a whistleblower that he attempted to coerce Ukraine into investigating the family of his top political rival, Joe Biden.

So naturally, Trump has doubled and tripled down. In an impromptu press conference outside the White House Thursday, Trump publicly called once more for not only Ukraine but China to investigate the Bidens — just after he laid out an explicit threat: “I have a lot of options on China, but if they don’t do what we want, we have tremendous power,” he said.

Trump is very obviously abusing his presidential power to try to rig the 2020 election. And most of what Trump says is lies — his conversation with the Ukrainian president was premised on an absurd conspiracy theory designed to excuse Russian election meddling and flatter Trump’s fragile ego.

But equally obviously, Joe Biden is horribly unsuited to be the Democratic standard-bearer in this election. Biden and his family have been at least peripherally involved in scummy, corrupt stuff across the world. Nominating him would seriously foul up Democratic messaging about Trump.

Now, it’s important to emphasize again that all investigations of Trump’s specific allegations about the Bidens have found them to be false. There is no evidence that Vice President Biden went to Ukraine to bail out his son Hunter by pressuring that government to fire their top prosecutor — on the contrary, as famed investigative reporter James Risen (who originally broke the story) writes at The Intercept, the replacement prosecutor was harder on the company in question, Burisma Holdings, not easier.”

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