If you were to tell a mother with an infant that her baby is ugly she will likely react very much like Anderson Cooper did last night.
CNN’s Anderson Cooper was accused Tuesday night of giving Joe Biden a pass on his son’s business dealings in Ukraine — and also for elevating the president’s “lies” in bringing them up at all.
It seemed inevitable Hunter Biden would come up in the CNN-New York Times debate, the first Democratic contest held since revelations that President Donald Trump urged Ukraine’s president to investigate the Bidens and Democrats launched an impeachment inquiry. The debate also took place 13 hours since Hunter Biden’s first television interview aired on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
While the first three Democratic debates began with economic policy and health care, Cooper kicked off Tuesday’s marathon three-hour debate by asking each of the 12 candidates on stage about impeaching Trump. About 17 minutes into the debate, he asked Biden whether it was OK for his son to do business abroad while he served as vice president.
“My son did nothing wrong. I did nothing wrong,” Biden said. “I carried out the policy of the United States in rooting out corruption in Ukraine.”
In 2016, Biden called for the firing of Ukraine’s top prosecutor, who was seen by the Obama administration, western governments and organizations like the International Monetary Fund as not aggressively investigating corruption. Trump and his allies have alleged without evidence that Biden intervened to support his son’s business interests.
Cooper notably framed the Hunter Biden question by stating outright that Trump has “falsely accused” Biden’s son of “doing something wrong while serving on a company board if Ukraine” and noted “there’s no evidence of wrongdoing by either one of you.”
On ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Hunter Biden acknowledged exercising “poor judgment” in joining foreign companies while his father was in office, yet rejected the claims of his accusers.
“I regret not taking into account that there would be a Rudy Giuliani and a president of the United States that would be listening to this ridiculous conspiracy idea, which has again been completely debunked by everyone,” he said.
Gee, what a coincidence that Hunter Biden would finally agree to an interview on the same day as a Democrat debate. But if Hunter did nothing wrong, what was the poor judgment?
Anderson Cooper sure looked pissed when he read the question. He kinda looked like he was about to cry too.