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Ana Navarro, host of ABC's "The View," joined media personalities at other liberal outlets in the apparent effort to shift attention away from the possible criminality at the heart of the Biden family's latest scandal with an emotional appeal concerning the president's unwillingness to kick his son to the curb.
"The Hunter Biden story — the scandal, the this, the that — it's also the story of a father's love," said Navarro.
Navarro was not referring to Hunter Biden's relationship with the daughter he sired with a former stripper while still dating his brother Beau's widow. After all, neither Hunter nor his father, President Joe Biden, has ever met 4-year-old Navy Joan Roberts. Furthermore, Hunter Biden's apparently successful efforts to pay less in child support for the girl and legally deny her his surname may have signaled to Navarro the limits on his variety of "fatherly love."
Rather, the ABC host was referencing the president's unwillingness to treat Hunter as "lesser than," notwithstanding accusations from IRS whistleblowers that he deducted prostitutes and a sex club from his taxes and possibly broke sex trafficking laws; his plea deal on two misdemeanor tax charges and one felony gun charge; nauseating evidence of years of debauchery stored on his laptop; his discharge from the Navy Reserves for cocaine use; questions about influence peddling; and the first son's various other scandals.
Navarro, who began defending the Bidens after her co-hosts suggested Hunter should not have been invited to the White House state dinner, said, "Joe Biden has never and will never give up on his son Hunter and will never treat him lesser than. He is a father first. Take it or leave it. That’s who he is. That is part of his heart."
"Part of the reason that Hunter Biden was able to get out of addiction is because Joe Biden embraced him entirely, the entire time when he was vice president, when he was a candidate, when he was out of office, and now as president," added the ABC host.
Navarro was roundly lampooned online for her apparent efforts to cover for the Bidens.
Collin Rugg of Trending Politics was among Navarro's critics, writing, "This is how the propaganda state media covers for their dear leader. ... The laptop story is not about a 'father's love.' It's a story about the most corrupt family in modern US history."
Navarro doubled down on her comments, re-sharing the video on Twitter with the caption, "RW troll machine got me trending, attacking me for saying this on @TheView. Imagine calling yourself the 'family values party' & being outraged I'm talking about a father's unconditional love for his child. Imagine thinking a dad not giving up on his kid, is a bad thing."
Navarro is not alone in the effort to direct focus to the president's apparent tolerance of Hunter's improprieties as opposed to the actual deeds he's tolerating — and the ways he might be implicated.
New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof preceded Navarro in searching high and low for a silver lining on the Bidens' latest dark cloud, writing, "While the federal investigation appears to be ongoing, for now I see no clear evidence of wrongdoing by President Biden himself — but the president does offer the country a fine model of the love and support that people with addictions need."
"When Biden was vice president and trailed by Secret Service agents, he once tracked down Hunter when he was on a bender and refused to leave until his son committed to entering treatment," wrote Kristof. "Biden then gave his son a tight hug and promised to return to make sure he followed through."
Fox News Digital highlighted how the New York Times columnist failed to mention another critical time the president may have been at Hunter's side, which has recently come to light.
According to a recent IRS whistleblower's testimony detailed by TheBlaze, the president was with Hunter when he allegedly was shaking down foreign nationals.
In a WhatsApp message disclosed by the House Ways and Means Committee, Hunter Biden appears to have written to a Chinese business partner, "I am sitting here with my father and we would like to understand why the commitment made has not been fulfilled. ... I will make certain that between the man sitting next to me and every person he knows and my ability to forever hold a grudge that you will regret not following my direction."
On June 21, the Washington Post's Matt Viser argued in a piece presented as news, not opinion, that the Bidens' latest scandal was revelatory of the "complicated relationship between a presidential father and a struggling son."
Viser painted Hunter as a victim, "a third rail for the White House," targeted by Republicans and saved by his father's "unconditional love."
Like Kristof, Viser appeared to praise the first son with faint damnation and parroted claims from Biden allies that Hunter's latest troubles will serve as "part of a rehabilitation, of his life and of his public image."
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Joseph MacKinnon is a staff writer for Blaze News.