On Thursday, USA Today partnered with Hunter Biden for a cartoonishly dumb op-ed that accused Republicans, Fox News, the New York Post, and Biden critics writ large of “demoniz[ing]….addiction,” arguing he’s the victim of “a vile and sustained disinformation campaign” that threatens the sobriety of addicts writ large.
Talk about a rich case of low-brow politics by USA Today to have a story such as this inside the column, proving how the liberal media are shameless about their 2020 election interference and look to do so in 2024: “Conspiracy theories: GOP’s Hunter Biden hysteria makes even less sense after plea deal gets put on hold”.
The headline was gag-worthy: “I fought to get sober. Political weaponization of my addiction hurts more than me.” The subhead with even dumber with Biden whining that “[m]y struggles and my mistakes have been fodder for a vile and sustained disinformation campaign against my father, President Joe Biden, and an all-out annihilation of my reputation.”
Biden began by trying to frame his struggles as just like those of everyday Americans (minus the wealth, hookers, and foreign business dealings, of course) as “[a]t least 20 million Americans today suffer from substance abuse disorder.”
The man who’s been aided by a near-total liberal media blackout on bombshell after bombshell about his foreign business dealings and contents of his laptop from hell oscillated constantly between demanding readers feel bad for him and insisting he doesn’t need sympathy.
In paragraph three, he took the former approach: “My struggles and my mistakes have been fodder for a vile and sustained disinformation campaign against him, and an all-out annihilation of my reputation through high-pitched but fruitless congressional investigations”.
Oops, some call Hunter’s ghostwriters as he switched from first to third person.
Biden then flipped the script, stating explicitly that he’s “not a victim” because, “[b]y any standard, I grew up with privilege and opportunity, and fully accept that the choices and mistakes I made are mine, and I am accountable for them and will continue to be.”
Feigning concern for average Americans, he proclaimed in a skyscraper-sized strawman that he’s “trouble[d]” by “the demonization of addiction” and “human frailty” from the American public.
Wait, so he’s claiming anyone condemning him means they’re also smearing anyone suffering or suffered through addiction of some sort?
Biden went onto whine about “being bombarded by the denigrating and near-constant coverage of me and my addiction on Fox News (more airtime than GOP presidential candidate Ron DeSantis) and in The New York Post (an average of two stories a dayover the past year).”
He continued to make it all about himself which, if genuine, means he needs help on a part of his gargantuan case of projection. At one point, he explicitly belly-ached that “[t]he weaponization of my addiction by partisan and craven factions represents a real threat to those desperate to get sober” (click “expand”):
The science of addiction and recovery has made great strides in just the past decade. However, far too few will ever experience the miracle of recovery unless we change the stigma around addiction.
For those of us who live in recovery and for those who love someone in recovery, we know how hard fought our newfound lives are in letting go of the shame and making amends.
‘Getting clean is easy, all you have to do is change everything’
Someone once told me, “Getting clean is easy, all you have to do is change everything.” That is one of the most profound truths I know today.
The weaponization of my addiction by partisan and craven factions represents a real threat to those desperate to get sober but are afraid of what may await them if they do.
Biden even addressed the laptop from hell: “My recent haircut turned into a wild conspiracy to evade drug tests, tabloids steadily splash nude pictures of me on their covers, and even a member of Congress displayed revenge porn of me on national television.”
Citing characters from the 2020 race, he argued his addiction meant his life (and therefore his foreign business dealings in countries like China, Romania, and Ukraine) are off limits.
“It is already a near-impossible decision for addicts to get sober, and the avalanche of negativity and assault of my personal privacy may only make it harder for those considering it,” he fretted.
Hunter’s ghostwriters concluded with another framing of criticizing him means you’d be attacking those struggling with addiction.
He even had the gall to whine that people aren’t “celebrat[ing]” him for what he’s overcome and instead made him a “punchline and punching bag.”
He wrapped with holier-than-thou advice: “The effort [to get sober] is worth it. You are worth it. I am living proof of that.”