Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has come under increased scrutiny, along with his son, Hunter, over the latter’s international business connections in the wake of a bombshell report regarding emails purportedly found on his laptop.
While many in the mainstream media have dismissed or attempted to invalidate the story and its implications that Joe Biden was more involved in his son’s affairs than he has acknowledged, one reporter attempted to ask the candidate for a response — only to be dismissed by the former vice president and laughed off by colleagues, as reported by the Washington Examiner.
“The only serious question”
The exchange came during an appearance on Sunday near his home in Wilmington, Delaware.
As noted in a tweet that included a video clip of Biden’s reply, the reporter was brushed off by the former vice president and apparently derided for even mentioning the topic.
Not only was he the only one on the scene with the initiative to raise the issue, but other members of the press were also heard chuckling as Biden raised his hand to halt the question, as noted by Christopher Bedford, senior editor of The Federalist.
The other reporters laugh at the only serious question… https://t.co/YkPQN8TbZS
— Christopher Bedford (@CBedfordDC) October 18, 2020
This incident appears to be only the second question posed directly to Biden since the latest reports of the discovery of his son’s abandoned laptop and emails apparently documenting dubious business deals.
“Right up your alley”
Two days earlier, CBS News’ Bo Erickson recounted being personally attacked and insulted after posing a similar request for a response.
“I know you’d ask it,” Biden told Erickson. “I have no response. It’s another smear campaign. Right up your alley, those are the questions you always ask.”
I asked Joe Biden: What is your response to the NYPost story about your son, sir?
He called it a “smear campaign” and then went after me. “I know you’d ask it. I have no response, it’s another smear campaign, right up your alley, those are the questions you always ask.” pic.twitter.com/Eo6VD4TqxD
— Bo Erickson CBS (@BoKnowsNews) October 17, 2020
It is worth noting that, despite his campaign’s dismissive and insulting reaction to questions about the contents of the recent New York Post report, his team has yet to dispute or deny any of the information apparently exposed therein.
As Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe affirmed on Monday, the leaked emails are not, as Biden’s campaign has claimed, “part of some Russian disinformation campaign.”