Last month, Hunter Biden, son of President Joe Biden, reached a deal with prosecutors to plead guilty to two misdemeanor tax charges stemming from paying his taxes late in 2017 and 2018. (As part of the deal, he also agreed to be charged, but not prosecuted, for purchasing a handgun at a time when he was using drugs, which is contingent on him never owning a firearm again and remaining drug-free for two years.) Naturally, this deal enraged conservatives, who have insisted for some time now that president’s son is the most corrupt person to walk the face of the earth, that his dad is just as bad, and that as punishment, both Hunter and Joe should be sent to Guantánamo Bay in a deal that also involves Donald Trump being installed as president for life.
Obviously, that whole Guantánamo Bay/Trump-as-emperor is merely a parody of the things Republicans have said about the Biden Boys; while it’s pretty close, no one has actually called for them to be sent to the notorious detention camp known for housing terrorists. But as of Tuesday, at least one person had suggested that Biden the Younger should have been sentenced to death for his crimes, and you can probably take a guess as to who that person was.
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Yes, that’s former a U.S. president and current presidential candidate raging on Truth Social that federal prosecutor David Weiss did not give Hunter Biden “a death sentence” for his aforementioned crimes, which, as a reminder, were paying his taxes late two years in a row and buying a gun when he was using drugs. This is funny for a lot of reasons, including but not limited to the fact that:
Trump’s family business was found guilty last year of tax fraud, conspiracy, and falsifying business records
Trump himself reportedly “participated in dubious tax schemes during the 1990s, including instances of outright fraud,” according to a Pulitzer Prize–winning investigation by The New York Times*
Trump has been accused of much worse crimes than not paying his taxes on time, including conspiracy to obstruct a federal investigation (to which he pleaded not guilty); he’s also under investigation by the feds for trying to overturn the 2020 election and inciting a violent riot that left five people dead, and facing potential charges for trying to overturn the election in Georgia.
Also amusing is the notion put forth by Trump that there are “TWO TIERS OF JUSTICE.” There are, but for many decades he’s been a beneficiary of the two-tier system, on account of being a wealthy guy with power. Meanwhile, he was happy to help do his part to see innocent people sent to prison.
*A lawyer for Trump insisted to the Times that no fraud or tax evasion ever took place, but that if it did Trump wasn’t involved and it should be pinned on his employees and siblings. “There was no fraud or tax evasion by anyone,” the attorney said. “The facts upon which the Times bases its false allegations are extremely inaccurate. President Trump had virtually no involvement whatsoever with these matters. The affairs were handled by other Trump family members who were not experts themselves and therefore relied entirely upon the aforementioned licensed professionals to ensure full compliance with the law.”
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This just in from the anti-vax candidate