The majority of Americans believe the Hunter Biden deal with Burisma was inappropriate. Those numbers are according to POLITICO/Morning Consult.
They report that 52 percent of voters believe it was inappropriate for Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, to take the job with the firm Burisma, while 18 percent said it was appropriate.
Stopping there for just a minute, one must ask how this question was asked. Because I agree that people can accept positions on boards when offered. However, look at who Burisma selected.
One article documented Hunter Biden’s stellar record of drug and alcohol abuse early in his life:
Hunter Biden, the son of Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden, was arrested on drug charges in 1988 and his record was removed at a time when his father was striving for jailing drug offenders drawn from the minority groups disproportionately. According to a report in Washington Examiner, congressional records have revealed that Hunter was arrested in Stone Harbor in New Jersey where the Biden family has gone for holidaying often.
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The arrest of Hunter, who was 18 then and had just graduated from the prestigious Archmere Academy prep school, was not reported earlier. The Republicans, who are busy defending President Donald Trump in the ongoing impeachment inquiry, have gone after Hunter’s drug abuse and asked why the case was not highlighted when he got appointed to a plum post in a Ukrainian oil company and Joe was the vice president of the US and the Obama administration’s leading man in the East European nation.
Next, Hunter Biden was discharged from the Navy Reserves in 2014 for testing positive for cocaine.
You can bet Hunter joined the military for political gain, since he joined at the age of 42. Having received two waivers to join the Navy, you can wrap your mind around his discharge.
Interestingly, though Hunter Biden’s father was able to get his 1988 drug abuse covered up (and waived for entry into the Navy reserves), even the VP couldn’t save Hunter from his less than honorable dismissal.
I can only imagine what the Navy Reserve unit commander tolerated from this elitist drug addict. When you consider Hunter Biden’s current child-support issues, you get an idea.
Crackhead status notwithstanding, Hunter Biden had other issues any board would consider.
In the case of Burisma, Hunter Biden had absolutely no experience in oil and gas or international business. So the only thing Biden brought to Burisma was “know who”, because he had no “know how”.
Interestingly, Burisma flourished during the Biden years.
“By inviting influential foreigners, Ukrainian business wants to get additional protection, PR and lobby mechanisms to grasp additional spheres of interest. Having Hunter Biden on board, the owner of Burisma wanted to correct the image and to get cover, because authorities are scared by the U.S. embassy in Ukraine,” Egorov said. “Hunter Biden, using the political capabilities of his family, acted as a rescue buffer between Burisma and Ukrainian law enforcement agencies. His work in the company of a corrupt official smells bad.”
No matter what scandals Burisma had prior to Biden, they suddenly disappeared. Hunter Biden’s addition to the board created genie-like outcomes for the company. And all Burisma needed to do was rub Hunter Biden.
Back to the poll
Fifty-seven percent said Hunter Biden’s role at Burisma is a scandal, while 19 percent said otherwise.
I choose to apply the 80/20 rule. So for me 80 percent of people see the obvious here, while about 20 percent represent the dumb asses. They go against the grain no matter what.
On how Burisma plays into the 2020 election, a plurality of 40 percent said the Biden-Ukraine affair wouldn’t make any difference in their vote. However, while 31 percent said it made them less likely to support him and 8 percent said more likely.
These results can be interpreted in a variety of ways. For example, the 40 percent plurality likely weren’t voting for Biden anyway, statistically. The man polls at less than 25 percent nationally. Though 8 percent are more likely to vote for Biden, that doesn’t bode well for the beleaguered presidential candidate.
As one might expect, more Republicans see Burisma as scandal, impropriety and conflicts of interest than Democrats and liberals. Of course, Independents were split between the two other political groups.
Regardless of where one falls on the spectrum, Burisma will not go away for Biden. And it’s not polling well for the Democrats either.