Hunter Biden, the son of President Joe Biden, reportedly launches an attack on ex-President Donald Trump in his new memoir “Beautiful Thing.” He reportedly goes so far as to accuse Trump of being “a vile man with a vile mission.”
“I became a proxy for Donald Trump’s fear that he wouldn’t be re-elected,” Biden wrote in excerpts of the book obtained by The Guardian. “He pushed debunked conspiracy theories about work I did in Ukraine and China, even as his own children had pocketed millions in China and Russia and his former campaign manager [Paul Manafort] sat in a jail cell for laundering millions more from Ukraine.”
“None of that matters in an up-is-down Orwellian political climate,” he continued. “Trump believed that if he could destroy me, and by extension my father, he could dispatch any candidate of decency from either party, all while diverting attention from his own corrupt behavior.”
In this same book, Biden discussed his time on the board of the Ukrainian gas giant Burisma, saying that while his time there was not unethical, he would not have joined the company if he could do it all again.
“I did nothing unethical, and have never been charged with wrongdoing,” Biden wrote. “In our current political environment, I don’t believe it would make any difference if I took that seat or not. I’d be attacked anyway. What I do believe, in this current climate, is that it wouldn’t matter what I did or didn’t do. The attacks weren’t intended for me. They were meant to wound my dad.”
Biden even took hits at Trump’s children, saying, “I am not Eric Trump or Donald Trump Jr. I’ve worked for someone other than my father. I rose and fell on my own.”
Biden has previously admitted that he was only able to get on the Burisma board because of his dad’s connections.
“I don’t know. I don’t know. Probably not, in retrospect,” Biden told ABC News back in 2019 when asked if he would have obtained the job at the energy firm without his dad. “But that’s—you know—I don’t think that there’s a lot of things that would have happened in my life if my last name wasn’t Biden.”