In the months leading up to and following now-President Joe Biden’s victory last November, reports didn’t hold back from documenting his son Hunter’s admitted struggles with drug addiction. Now, it seems it’s all coming back to bite the Biden family.
According to reports, a newly resurfaced video shows then-Senator Joe Biden staunchly promoting harsh criminal sentences for drug offenders as part of a bill he sponsored and eventually helped pass. It’s being cited by some outlets as the latest example of hypocrisy from a president who once claimed to be bent on restoring “unity.”
Tough on crime?
The clip of then-Sen. Biden shows the Delaware lawmaker discussing some provisions of the Comprehensive Crime Control Act of 1984 on the Senate floor.
It juxtaposes those images with video apparently showing the president’s son, Hunter, in possession of illicit substances.
“If you have a piece of crack cocaine no bigger than this quarter that I’m holding in my hand, one-quarter of one dollar, we passed the law…that says you’re caught with that you go to jail for five years,” Joe Biden said in the mid-1980s, according to reports.
“You get no probation, you get nothing other than five years in jail,” he added, referencing mandatory minimum sentencing. “Judge doesn’t have a choice.”
Then-Sen. Biden also lauded the law’s “forfeiture statutes,” declaring: “The government can take everything you own, everything from your car to your house, your bank account.”
Off the street
That includes “not merely what they confiscate in terms of the dollars from the transaction that you just got caught engaging in,” Joe Biden said at the time. “They can take everything.”
The then-senator also claimed that lawmakers “have an obligation to cordon them [drug offenders] off from the rest of society.”
“They are in jail! Away from my mother, your husband, our families,” he insisted. “So I don’t want to ask what made them do this, they must be taken off the street.”
Does that apply to your own family, too, Joe?
Joe Biden bragging about passing a law that would see a mandatory 5 year jail term for crack cocaine possession…oh and that’s Ukrainian energy expert & artist Hunter Biden smoking crack.
— Rita Panahi (@RitaPanahi) July 29, 2021