‘Say It Nicer’: Hunter Biden Rips ABC Interviewer for ‘Insensitive’ Question
Hunter Biden wasn’t too happy when a friendly interviewer called in to help the former vice president’s son explain away the numerous scandals swirling around him asked about his personal life.
No, the interviewer didn’t ask about Hunter dating his dead brother’s widow (who he has since divorced). She asked about his numerous stints in rehab as he battled alcohol and drug abuse.
Biden complained, saying she was “so insensitive.”
In her interview, ABC News correspondent Amy Robach asked Hunter: “What should people know about Hunter Biden that they don’t know?”
“Like every single person that I have ever known, I have fallen and I’ve gotten up. I’ve done esteemable things and things that have been in my life that I regret. Every single one of those things has brought me exactly to where I am right now, which is probably the best place I’ve ever been in my life. I’ve gone through my own struggles,” he said.
Robach then brought up a sore subject.
“In and out of rehab seven, eight times,” she said, prompting Biden to interrupt.
“Say it nicer to me,” he ordered Robach. “Sought treatment for an issue, like most people.
“So insensitive,” Biden whined.
Robach was taken aback. “I’m so sorry. But I think this is a human question. Do you worry that all of this noise, even though it’s just noise, that it could affect your sobriety?”
“Of course. Look, you don’t want to live in the worry of it because then you’re feeding the beast. I have no answer, other than this: You’ve got to live in the connections that you have to healthy things and I have so many of them. I have to live there, instead of living in fear like ‘Oh my god, the stress is going to make me drink or the stress is going to make me use.'”
In his first public statements since the scandal exploded in Washington, Biden told ABC’s “Good Morning America” that it was “poor judgment” on his part to hold the job, which reportedly paid him $50,000 a month. Biden made hundreds of thousands of dollars through his employment with Burisma, the largest private gas company in Ukraine — despite having no real qualifications for the job.
“If your last name wasn’t Biden, do you think you would have been asked to be on the board or Burisma?” Robach asked.
“I don’t know, I don’t know, probably not,” Biden said. “It is impossible for me to be on any of the boards that I just mentioned without saying that I’m the son of the vice president of the United States.”
He went further, saying, “I don’t think that there’s a lot of things that would have happened in my life if my last name wasn’t Biden.”
Biden said he never discussed his foreign business interests with his father, either his work at Burisma or his seat on the board of a China-based investment firm from which he resigned over the weekend. And he bristled when asked about how much he has been paid by foreign companies.
“Look, I’m a private citizen,” he said. “What I don’t have to do is sit here and open my kimono as to how it relates to how much money I make … or didn’t, but it’s all been reported.”
He acknowledged, though, that he made a “mistake.”
“You know what, I’m a human and you know what, did I make a mistake?” Biden asked. “Well maybe in the grand scheme of things. But did I make a mistake based upon some ethical lapse? Absolutely not.”