During Thursday’s debate, Joe Biden told us that “I have not taken a penny from any foreign source ever in my life”.
Is it true? I don’t know for sure. But I do know his comment reminded me of New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo’s claim that COVID-19 came from Europe, not China. Here’s why:
In the most technical, narrow sense, Governor Cuomo’s claim had merit: some number of Europeans, who had been in China and caught the virus, subsequently came to the United States and brought it with them.
But the fact that there were Europeans who became conduits spreading COVID-19 from China does not change the fact that COVID-19 came from China.
With that in mind, I would not at all be surprised if, in the most technical, narrow sense, Joe Biden’s claim not to have take a cent from any foreign source has the same degree of merit.
That is, it would not at all surprise me if his son, Hunter – who, along with other family members, have reaped enormous financial benefit off of Biden’s power and influence – got tons of foreign money (from Ukraine, China, who knows where else), and passed some of it along to Papa Joe.
But the fact that the money passed through Hunter Biden would not change the fact that it came from those foreign sources.
Let me again say I don’t know this to be a fact. But I think I know when someone has constructed a weasel-word statement to sound like it says one thing, when it really says another thing.
And, Biden’s “I have not taken a penny from any foreign source ever in my life” claim reeks of that weasel-word construction.