After having pursued business relationships with a series of mysterious foreign entities, Hunter Biden has since embarked on a new career as an artist. However, it seems that not everyone is a fan.
The Washington Examiner reported that a man was arrested last week for vandalizing a New York City art gallery where some of Biden’s work is on display.
“Daddy is a war criminal”
Rodrick Webber, 47, is accused of entering the George Burgess Art Gallery on Friday afternoon and spray painting the word “Daddy” on the building’s wall.
Webber is said to have damaged a painting valued at $14,500 before attacking a gallery employee who asked him to stop. None of Biden’s paintings were damaged by the vandal.
According to the New York Post, Webber told police that he was attempting to write “Daddy is a war criminal” as he brazenly live-streamed the criminal act.
Webber also reportedly said that his motives were political rather than aesthetic. “I don’t hate it,” Webber reportedly said of Biden’s artwork. “It’s better than he should be for having only been working on it for a short period of time,” the accused vandal added.
Concerns have been raised
Webber also expressed curiosity over the high prices that Biden’s paintings are expected to sell for, despite him being a relative newcomer to the art field.
“While Hunter Biden and his artwork is, you know, it’s not bad, it’s curious to me that it’s raising prices of half a million dollars just out of the blue,” Webber remarked. “It says to me that there’s some kind of malfeasance there.”
Webber is not alone in asking questions about the propriety of Biden being paid vast sums for his art given that his father is currently in the White House.
Capitalizing on the family name
“The initial reaction a lot of people are going to have is that he’s capitalizing on being the son of a president and wants people to give him a lot of money,” attorney Richard Painter said, as the Examiner noted.
Painter served as chief ethics lawyer under former President George W. Bush, and he thinks that Biden’s high-dollar sales amount to “a really bad idea.”
Obama-era Office of Government Ethics (OGE) head Walter Shaub agreed, saying, “We don’t know who is paying for this art and we don’t know for sure that [Hunter Biden] knows, we have no way of monitoring whether people are buying access to the White House.”