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Hunter Biden Found Guilty in Gun Trial: Can It Impact the Election for His Father?

by Scott Kacsmar
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It might be an awkward Father’s Day for U.S. President Joe Biden given that his son Hunter just became the first offspring of a sitting president to be convicted in a criminal trial.

This sure has been a historic month for criminal cases involving presidential families in the United States. It’s hard for Donald Trump, the Republican leader and current odds-on favorite to win in November, to criticize Biden for his son’s actions when he was just found guilty of 34 felonies in the New York hush-money case. That’s the 1st time ever a former U.S. president was found guilty of a felony.

We need to reiterate that despite what Republicans believe, Hunter Biden has nothing to do with the White House outside of his dad being the president. But this was a historic trial, and he was found guilty on all 3 felony counts.

Can it have any impact on Joe Biden’s election hopes in November? Before heading to the political betting sites, let’s review what the case was about, the responses from Republicans and Biden, and what the polls say about its impact on the election.

Hunter Biden’s Gun Trial Recap

Even though he was the owner of the most famous laptop in America, Hunter Biden’s trial in Delaware was for an illegal purchase of a firearm – something you might not have thought was possible in gun-happy America.

However, something we did learn from the 54-year-old Biden’s laptop was that he loves to party. Hard too. Biden’s history of hanging out with sex workers and doing drugs like crack cocaine has been well documented, but little did we know there would be a gun-related felony to come from this.

When Biden purchased a gun in 2018, he indicated on a background check that he wasn’t a drug user. Based on testimony in this case from his ex-wife and ex-girlfriend, it was proven that Biden was using drugs, namely crack, prior to the gun purchase, which led to a stint in rehab, and he also was using drugs after purchasing the gun.

However, the prosecution had to prove that he was a drug user when he lied on the form when he purchased the gun. The defense argued that he was just out of rehab and did not believe at the moment he was a drug addict anymore.

Still, after 3 hours of jury deliberation, the verdict came back guilty on all 3 counts for Biden for lying to a gun dealer, making a false claim of his drug use status, and illegally possessing a firearm.

Biden could face up to 25 years in prison for the 3 counts. But given his previously clean record, the fact the gun was not used in a serious crime, and the realization that this is a story about someone fighting drug addiction, it is unlikely he sees significant prison time for this case.

No date has been set for sentencing, which should be within a few months.

Joe Biden’s Response to the Guilty Verdict

President Biden has a busy schedule, so he did not attend the Delaware trial for his son. But after the verdict was reached, he issued a statement saying that he will respect the judicial process here.

“As I said last week, I am the president, but I am also a dad,” President Biden said in his statement. “Jill and I love our son, and we are so proud of the man he is today. So many families who have had loved ones battle addiction understand the feeling of pride seeing someone you love come out the other side and be so strong and resilient in recovery. As I also said last week, I will accept the outcome of this case and will continue to respect the judicial process as Hunter considers an appeal. Jill and I will always be there for Hunter and the rest of our family with our love and support. Nothing will ever change that.”

Even before the verdict was reached, Biden echoed similar thoughts that he was going to let the trial play out and would respect any verdict reached.

President Biden has also said that he would not pardon his son. Now as to the question of commuting any prison sentence that Hunter could receive, Biden has not explicitly commented on that.

Should the sentencing be extremely harsh on prison time for Hunter, it would be rather defensible for Biden to exercise his authority and commute that sentence. Of course, we know Republicans would love that opportunity to bash him, but chances are it won’t even come to this, and Biden will be content with his son being found guilty of a felony.

The Republican Response to the Verdict

Republicans have never cared about looking like hypocrites in the past, but they still have to be a little careful in how they respond publicly to the Biden verdict. After all, you don’t want to say having a convicted felon for a son means Joe shouldn’t win the election when the guy you are supporting (Trump) just racked up 34 felony counts in New York and has 3 more cases to go.

Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz had one of the wilder responses to the verdict when he said on X/Twitter:

Gaetz has his own history of criminal investigations into his personal life, so maybe this was a sign of bro camaraderie? More likely, it is an expression of disappointment that many Republicans feel that Biden isn’t being looked at for more serious crimes.

Remember, Trump has resorted to calling his father “Crooked Joe” and insinuating that the “Biden Crime Family” has done many misdeeds over the years. In fact, this was the language used Tuesday in an email from the Trump campaign.

The trial has been nothing more than a distraction from the real crimes of the Biden Crime Family, which has raked in tens of millions of dollars from China, Russia and Ukraine,” Karoline Leavitt, national press secretary for the Trump campaign, said in Tuesday’s email.

However, it wouldn’t be an authentic Trump statement without using a nickname. The message continued:

Crooked Joe Biden’s reign over the Biden Family Criminal Empire is all coming to an end on November 5th, and never again will a Biden sell government access for personal profit. (…) As for Hunter, we wish him well in his recovery and legal affairs,” the statement concluded.

Too bad Hunter’s case was in Delaware because imagine Trump and Biden’s son sharing a jail cell together. That sounds like the plot for a Netflix series.

Can This Verdict Impact the Election?

May proved to be a terrible month for Biden as what was a tied race went significantly in Trump’s favor as Biden dealt with backlash for his support of Israel in the conflict with Palestine. The Trump verdict has also worked up his base to support him even harder as he remains the favorite.

Throw in this Hunter verdict and it’s not a good June so far for Biden either. But can this actually hurt Biden’s reelection bid?

According to an Emerson poll, 64% of voters said Hunter’s trial will have no impact on their vote in November, while 24% said it makes them less likely to support Joe, and 12% admitted it would make them support him more.

Those are not huge numbers, but in a close race, every vote counts. This is not something Biden needs on his resume or mind, but it also may not be the Hunter Biden trial that has the biggest impact on the November election.

In September, Hunter Biden will face another federal trial for tax evasion. Given that he’s just been convicted of 3 felonies on gun charges, he would not get lenient sentencing for yet another guilty verdict in that trial.

Given that the trial will wrap up much closer to the November election, and if anywhere from 12% to 24% of voters in polls are saying this gun charge makes them less likely to support Joe, this could be a problem for the Biden family come November 5th.

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Scott Kacsmar
NFL football picks are Scott Kacsmar's expertise, serving as his main focus. He has contributed to various sports websites and blogs, such as NBC Sports, ESPN Insider, FiveThirtyEight, and, JoeWager. Originating from Pittsburgh, Scott maintains a love-hate connection with the Pirates.

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