Hunter Biden has not been without controversy, and the son of President Joe Biden was in the news again on Tuesday afternoon after the UK based tabloid The Daily Mail reported that the younger Biden used the n-word on multiple occasions in text messages with his white, $845 per-hour layer.
The authenticity of the claims hasn’t been verified, but the Daily Mail reported that in December 2018 Hunter Biden exchanged texts with his lawyer George Mesires in which he joked about a “big penis” and said, “I only love you because you’re black” and “true dat n***a.” The exchange reportedly continued with the president’s son adding, “how much money do I owe you. Becaause (sic) n***a you better not be charging me Hennessy rates.”
The UK newspaper included screenshots of the alleged exchange as well as a second conversation between the two in which the younger Biden also used the racial slur. The text exchanges were reported to have been discovered on the 51-year-old’s computer, which was “abandoned” at a Delaware computer repair shop in 2019. It has been previously reported that the laptop also contained pornographic photos as well as a video of an orgy involving multiple individuals.
The news report of the alleged text exchange comes just a week after President Biden gave a speech decrying racism on the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa massacre that left hundreds of African-Americans dead.
Breaking News Or Fake News?
It didn’t take long after the initial reports for the hashtag #RacistHunter and #RacistBiden to trend on social media, despite the fact that only The Daily Mail had access to the alleged texts and no other news outlets came forward to corroborate the reports. All of the subsequent news stories that were posted referenced the original reporting by The Daily Mail, but the “news” still circulated on social platforms.
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There should be a concern that this story took on a life of its own on social media without confirmation that the allegations are true. According to technology analyst Rob Enderle of the Enderle group this is “particularly true, given this would have been golden during the election, so the likelihood this is fake is unusually high in this case.”
It’s also worth wondering about the motives of those who published the story.
“While it might drive additional web site traffic or sell a few more papers, it’s also likely to spark inquiries about how the texts were acquired in the first place,” explained Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT. “If the chain of ownership is tainted in any way, I expect lawyers who work for those who published the texts will be earning overtime for the coming few weeks or months.”
Skeletons In The Digital Closet
Whether these allegations are in fact true still isn’t known, but Hunter Biden is one that has already had a few skeletons in his closet exposed. The question is how does someone “come back” from such egregious missteps online?
“If true, it’s something that many if not most people can sympathize with since every family or group of friends seems to harbor a similar sort of character,” said King.
“The ability of social media – or in this case, a digital record of private texts and communications – to raise the ghosts of past mistakes and misdeeds is worth considering,” added King. “This isn’t the first nor will it be the last time that a public figure is personally humiliated by something in his or her past. The nature of digital and online media allows actions and events to be remembered and stored away indefinitely.”
The other takeaway from this story could be that it isn’t just those skeletons in your closet that can cause problems – and as politicians, CEOs and others have learned that family members can be a serious burden.
“For those of us who have troubled relatives and sweat bullets that people won’t do what folks are doing here with Hunter and Joe Biden, this is an unfortunate reminder of what could happen if we ever went into politics,” quipped Enderle. “I feel sorry for many of the kids now who have similar, as I also did, lack of control or those with substance abuse issues they have overcome that were shared on social media. Finally, this once again showcases that social media is forever and may alone justify the extra money for a paid Twiter subscription that has at least some protections for this kind of stupidity.”