Did Michael Steele Threaten Exposure Of GOP Children With Hunter Biden-like Issues?

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Michael Steele MSNBC The Weekend 1-13-24 Ya know, Republicans, you keep going after Hunter Biden, and it’d be a shame to see your kids’ similar dirt being dragged into public.

That seemed to be what Michael Steele was implying on MSNBC this morning. The screencap shows former RNC Chairman Steele pointing his finger and staring directly into the camera, as if talking to his former Republican brethren, as he says:

“I’m telling you, they got their own children and relatives who have those same issues. Now, how would you like that to be splayed across the front page of the New York Times or the Washington Post? Or having some arbitrary Member of Congress start dragging that storyline into the public life? 

Capiche?

Note Steele prefacing his remark with an emphatic, “I’m telling you,” as if to say that he has personal knowledge of Republican children with Hunter-like problems.  He then suggests the possibility of that information being disclosed, specifically, to the New York Times or the Washington Post. Put two and two together, and it comes up ugly.

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The new show, simply called The Weekend, also rolled a clip of Dr. Jill talking about Hunter with Mika Brzezinski, and saying:

“I think what they are doing to Hunter is cruel, and I’m really proud of how Hunter has rebuilt his life after addiction. And I think, you know, I love my son, and it’s hurt my grandchildren. That’s what I’m so concerned about, that it’s affecting their lives as well.”

Do the grandchildren that Dr. Jill is “so concerned about” include Navy, the daughter that Hunter fathered with a stripper, and whom he refused to acknowledge until the child’s mother brought suit? Note that in the settlement of the suit, Hunter denied his daughter the right to use the Biden family name. 

Even after it was conclusively established that Hunter was the father, Joe Biden continued to publicly state that he had “six grandchildren,” thus excluding Navy, Joe’s seventh grandchild.

After Joe Biden was eventually forced to acknowledge that child as his granddaughter, he and Dr. Jill discontinued their tradition of hanging Christmas stockings for each grandchild. They had been hanging six stockings–and were apparently unwilling to hang a seventh.

And, at least as of this past summer, the New York Times reports that neither Hunter nor Joe had ever met four-year-old Navy.

And as for Dr. Jill’s concern about harm to her grandchildren, this article cites experts opining that the Biden family’s rejection of Navy “could do major psychological harm.”

So again, is Navy a grandchild that Dr. Jill has been “so concerned about?”

Here’s the transcript.

MSNBC
The Weekend
1/13/24
8:24 am ET

SYMONE SANDERS: As we barrel toward a potential government shutdown, Republicans are showing us their actual priorities. Just last night, House Homeland Security chairman, Mark Green, announced the next impeachment hearing for Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, and that it would be held on Thursday morning. And House majority leader Steve Scalise announced that a floor vote on holding Hunter Biden in contempt of Congress will come next week. 

On Friday, Hunter Biden’s attorney said in a letter obtained by NBC News that Hunter would comply with the congressional subpoena, only if House Republicans issued a, quote, new and proper one. 

I want to play for you all that sound from Dr. Jill Biden with our colleague, Mika Brzezinski, about Hunter Biden, her son.

JILL BIDEN: I think what they are doing to Hunter is cruel, and I’m really proud of how Hunter has rebuilt his life after addiction. And I think, you know, I love my son, and it’s hurt my grandchildren. And that’s what I’m so concerned about, that it’s affecting their lives as well.

SANDERS: I think it was important that the First Lady said that, because oftentimes, I think Hunter Biden has become a political foil for Republicans,
right?

MICHAEL STEELE: Lose sight of his humanity.

SANDERS: Yeah, people just want to throw it out there. But he is a father, he’s a husband, he’s a son.

. . . 

STEELE: The word hypocrisy doesn’t even apply anymore to what Republicans are doing. It’s just, it is jut the reality that this is all zero-sum politics. They don’t give a damn about the humanity of the man. The party of family values doesn’t have the compassion to understand the addiction that drove Hunter to behave the way he did.

[Points finger and stares directly into camera] I’m telling you, they got their own children and relatives who have those same issues. Now take, how would you like that to be splayed across the front page of the New York Times or the Washington Post? Or having some arbitrary Member of Congress start dragging that storyline into the public life? 

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