An upcoming book claims that Hunter Biden and his new wife Melissa Cohen pitched a reality TV show to producers in 2019 about the now-first family.
In the book, “Battle for the Soul: Inside the Democrats’ Campaigns to Defeat Trump,” author Edward-Isaac Dovere writes that Hunter and Melissa “spent the summer of 2019 in meetings with producers about a hazy concept they had for a reality TV show to highlight his charity work, which he said would also help soften his father’s image.”
Dovere, who also writes about politics for the left-wing pub The Atlantic, noted further that one producer asked if Joe Biden would be okay with the concept, leading Hunter to allegedly reply, “I know where the line is. And my dad is understanding of what I am up to.”
The author went on to write that Joe Biden managed to survive the political onslaught of nearly two dozen Democratic presidential contenders — including one he chose as his running mate, then-Sen. Kamala Harris of California — to defeat former President Donald Trump “almost in spite of Hunter.”
He also noted that during his father’s campaign, Hunter gave a number of high-profile interviews, and while they may have been aimed at trying to improve the former vice president’s image, Dovere suggested Joe Biden’s campaign was not in agreement. Nevertheless, Hunter “kept being sure he knew what he was doing.”
Dovere specifically noted a 2019 interview Hunter gave to “Good Morning America” as House impeachment hearings were underway against then-President Trump.
“The campaign found out he’d recorded (the interview) only when they saw a commercial promoting its airing the morning of the October debate,” Dovere wrote.
During the interview, Hunter acknowledged that he exercised poor judgment regarding his business dealings with companies and figures in China and Ukraine while stressing that he had not done anything wrong, even as accusations began to swirl about corruption involving the Biden’s generally, as Joe Biden’s campaign heated up.
In February 2020, meanwhile, Hunter asked a New York Times reporter and photog to come and visit his art studio as part of a feature story that was published directly ahead of a crucial primary in South Carolina. The interview, as well as some of Hunter’s intimate life details he spoke about, were undertaken with his father’s knowledge or that of his campaign.
Still, Dovere wrote that Joe Biden nevertheless was “always ready to again trust his son to do it right this time,” though he appeared to demonstrate some naivete about him.
It was around that time that Hunter began meeting with producers regarding his reality TV pitch, the author noted, which came as the Biden campaign was “so weak, so broke, so dysfunctional that it might not have survived at all, had it not been for Trump’s fear that he was a sleeping giant instead of Sleepy Joe.”
Dovere also suggested that Biden’s campaign was helped by the fact that Trump was being impeached over allegations that he engaged in a ‘quid pro quo’ with the president of Ukraine — charges that did not bear out based on accounts from Ukrainian officials as well as a phone call transcript the White House released showing what the former president actually said.
The future president also steeled himself against corruption allegations regarding his family stemming from materials obtained from a laptop computer Hunter Biden abandoned at a computer repair shop — details of which were first reported by the New York Post just weeks ahead of the November election.
“Biden tried to keep himself steeled against it, repeat to himself and to his advisers that this was the cost of running against Trump, that he’d been through much worse, that he was still proud of his son,” Dovere wrote.