Semantics on Corruption: Biden Switched From “I Didn’t Know” to “I Wasn’t Involved” 

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“I didn’t know about my son’s business dealings” was the common mantra President Joe Biden embraced to declare his innocence in Hunter Biden’s massive family-wide corruption scheme to a mistrustful nation.  

When the bottom fell out of his narrative, it was a spectacular fall from grace for The Big Guy.  

Unless you live under a rock or watch CNN, you’ve heard about a 2017 WhatsApp message from Hunter to a Chinese business associate. The short but pointed message uncovered three startling facts: Hunter was in league with Henry Zhao, the director of Chinese asset firm Harvest Fund Management, Hunter and his father were awaiting a payout from the firm, and his father was sitting next to him when he sent the threatening message. 

By now, you know the content of Hunter’s message. “I am sitting here with my father, and we would like to understand why the commitment made has not been fulfilled,” the text read. “And, Z, if I get a call or text from anyone involved in this other than you, Zhang or the chairman, I will make certain that between the man sitting next to me and every person he knows and my ability to forever hold a grudge that you will regret not following my direction.”  

Within days of the message, more than $5 million dollars was deposited into one of Hunter’s bank accounts. 

When the message was revealed, Biden knew his plausible deniability campaign was over. The message then subtly shifted from “I didn’t know about my son’s business dealings” to “I was never in business with my son.” 

The shift is so subtle; those who watch The View probably missed it. But it’s a telling revelation about Biden’s complicity in a widespread corruption scheme, whether his supporters choose to see it that way or not. 

The change in messaging caught the attention of Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA), who pointed out the new phrasing of Biden’s denials and the force field erected around the president by everyone around him. 

Issa noted, “For months and months, both the president and, on his behalf, spokespeople, have been saying the president did not have business communications with his son Hunter Biden. It switched just a couple of days ago now—it switched to he was ‘never in business’ with his son.”  

“Huge difference,” Issa noted. “What we can take from the change is that it is no longer considered to be true that he did not have communications with his son.” 

The White House Counsel’s office actively denies the allegations, frantically engaging in a “nothing to see here” campaign doomed to fail. Per Issa, “The White House spokesperson is supposed to answer questions, and when they refer a question to a non-answer, that becomes the obstruction,” Issa said. 

Amid growing frustration that reporters wouldn’t roll over and accept her answers on the subject, as they have historically done, Jean-Pierre became increasingly terse while maintaining her simple stance, a “no-comment, ask someone else” response. 

” just answered the question,” she responded to a question regarding a possible shakedown attempt by Biden. “It’s not up to you how I answer the question. I just answered the question by telling you my colleagues at the White House Counsel have dealt with this, and I would refer you to them.” 

A message left by Biden on Hunter’s voicemail would seem to further negate the president’s denial of knowing anything about his son’s business dealings.  

“Hey pal, it’s Dad. It’s 8:15 on Wednesday night. If you have a chance give me a call. Nothing urgent—I just wanted to talk with you. I thought the article released online, it’s going to be printed tomorrow in the Times, was good. I think you’re clear.” 

The article in question was regarding a private meeting between Hunter and the chairman of CEFC, a now-dissolved Chinese energy company. 

Issa remains convinced of one emerging fact. “It is clear that the president has lied—he has lied as to his relationship with Hunter Biden in business dealings that netted initially tax-free millions of dollars to Hunter Biden.” 

According to a poll taken in 2022, 69% of Americans agree, with 62% believing that Biden profited from his involvement.  If Biden were innocent, he’d allow a simple investigation to uncover his cell phone’s GPS location during the text exchange. After all, the technology came in handy for tracking down and prosecuting the January 6th protestors. 

It remains to be seen if the media will pick up on the vocal trick performed by the great White House magician and his supporters. Sleight of hand or sleight of words, it’s all the same to Democrats. 

Strap yourselves in. The Biden ride can only get bumpier from here.