Joe Biden Dodges Family Corruption Scandal, Says 'Hunter is the Smartest Guy I Know'
Oprah Winfrey throws softballs at Democrat, refuses to ask about foreign deals
During a virtual election event hosted by Oprah Winfrey, Joe Biden made a "surpise" appearance and managed to dodge questions about his family's alleged corrupt foreign business dealings.
While only being thrown softballs by Democratic Party operative Oprah, former Vice President Biden praised his son Hunter as "the smartest guy I know," with the subject of his bombshell laptop not being raised once.
The Democrat presidential candidate appeared Wednesday on Oprah's virtual get-out-the-vote event that focused on voters in the battleground states of Pennsylvania, Michigan, Minnesota, and Ohio.
The show didn't reveal whether or not President Donald Trump was also invited to speak.
During the event, Biden spoke to Mildred Madison, a Michigan resident who drove over 600 miles to cast her vote in person after her absentee ballot never arrived.
In a rambling response from Biden, he started listing his family members' qualities, describing his son Hunter, who is accused of international money laundering, as "the smartest guy I know."
"So I got off the train, went home, true story," Biden said as he started to ramble about being asked to be former President Obama's running mate in 2008.
"And we sat down the back and I had my deceased son Beau, who was then the Attorney General of the state of Delaware.
"And I had my son Hunter - is the smartest guy I know,” he said.
“My daughter who is a social worker.
"And my... and the whole family was there.
"And we sat in the back porch ..." the former vice president said as he trailed off.
Despite the mention of Hunter being the perfect cue for Winfrey to grill Biden about the corruption allegations against him and his family that emerged from Hunter Biden's laptop, the moment passed and only softballs followed.
Questions about Hunter’s business dealings, and his father’s alleged role in them, have been growing since the discovery of emails on a laptop purportedly belonging to Hunter, and claims by Hunter's former business associate that he met with the elder Biden in 2017.
That associate, Tony Bobulinski, gave an interview on Fox News’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Tuesday.
The Biden family whistleblower detailed his alleged meetings with the former vice president -- one he says took place on May 2, 2017, according to text messages that emerged last week.
Those messages indicated that the meeting did, in fact, take place. Bobulinski claimed Tuesday that it was Hunter Biden and Jim Biden, the brother of the former vice president, who had pushed for the meeting.
“They were sort of wining and dining me and presenting the strength of the Biden family to get me engaged,” he said.
The Biden campaign declined to comment on the meeting Joe Biden allegedly had with Bobulinski.
Biden himself has not yet directly addressed Bobulinski's claims on "Tucker Carlson Tonight."
In 2019, Biden told reporters: "I have never discussed with my son or my brother or anyone else anything having to do with their businesses. Period."