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One of Fox News’ resident liberals got fact-checked into dust Friday while arguing that President Joe Biden’s crack-smoking, swindling son suddenly becoming a “professional” artist is somehow equivalent to former President Donald Trump’s children being lifelong businesspeople.
During a discussion on Fox News’ “The Five,” the four conservative co-hosts all agreed with Obama-era Office of Government Ethics Director Walter Shaub, who’s been extremely critical of Hunter Biden’s newfound “career” in art — and for good reason.
Hunter has long faced substantive allegations that he’s a swindler and hustler who repeatedly exploited his connections to the White House to benefit himself financially. In fact, similar allegations have plagued many members of the Biden family.
And so for him to suddenly start selling so-called “artwork” for prices as high as $500,000 raises massive concerns about ethics. As recently noted by Shaab, it provides “a perfect mechanism” for a Clinton-esque “pay-to-play” scheme.
But the fifth co-host, liberal commentator Jessica Tarlov, sees things differently.
Watch the discussion that ensued on “The Five” below:
The only thing Tarlov conceded was that Hunter shouldn’t be meeting with any prospective art buyers.
“I do not think he should be meeting donors. There had to be a way to execute this where it would be completely private and maybe it gets found out four, eight years from now,” she said.
Notice her odd use of the word “donors” instead of “prospective art buyers.”
After that minor admission, Tarlov then reverted to defending Hunter, arguing that he “has to be able to work.”
Co-host Jesse Watters wasn’t impressed by this argument.
“Wait a second, I thought he was this international businessman with all of these skills with regards to natural gas?” he said, referencing Hunter’s sketchy business dealings with the shady Ukrainian gas firm Burisma.
Plus, Hunter allegedly earned millions — yes, millions — from his sketchy work. Certainly enough, in fact, to afford copious amounts of hookers and crack.
People try to share explicit crack-smoking sex tape of Hunter Biden blocked by platforms https://t.co/PKG6jRXx1N
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) October 25, 2020
“He can’t do something that doesn’t conflict with the White House?” Watters then asked.
In response, Tarlow doubled down on her Hunter love.
“This barely conflicts with the White House,” she falsely claimed.
She then turned her attention to Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner.
“I really wanna say this part: We cannot have this conversation and completely ignore the fact that Trump children — Ivanka and Jared — according to the Citizens for Ethics Investigation made hundreds of millions of dollars while they were serving in government posts,” she said.
“Ivanka got — no Jesse, don’t put your hands up! — she got dozens of trademarks, including three preliminary trademarks the day she ate with Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago,” Tarlov added.
Watters quickly pounced by pointing out, “She’s been in business for two decades! He just started blowing art.”
This is correct.
“Are you kidding me!?” Tarlov promptly responded in anger. “If Chelsea Clinton was like, ‘Oh, I’m selling my fancy shoes in China. I had dinner with Xi Jinping …'”
But before she could complete her thought, co-host Dagen McDowell, another conservative, jumped in with a fact-check.
“I want to clear this up: Those trademarks, they filed for those well before Trump was in the White House,” she noted.
This is true.
So Ivanka applying, paying, and receiving a trademark in a foreign country before her father was the President and while she has a well established business is illegal?
In that case Bubba Carter has some explaining to do about his peanut businesses.
— Ross Schumann🇺🇸 (@RossSchumann) October 15, 2020
“But they didn’t divest!” Tarlov shrieked in response.
She believes that it was contingent on Ivanka and Jared to have basically given up their businesses before joining the Trump administration.
Another co-host, conservative firebrand Katie Pavlich, then jumped in to slam Tarlov for “deflecting” from the truth.
“I think you’re deflecting from the fact the White House is using taxpayer resources to manage Hunter Biden’s ‘career,’ which is absurd,” she said.
In response, Tarlov again drew the conversation back to Ivanka and Jared.
“You guys want me to say Hunter’s a bad boy, and you won’t even admit the fact that what they did is preposterous,” she said.
This prompted McDowell to hit her with one final fact-check.
“Uh, Joe Biden is president,” she said.
“And I love how you referred to the potential art buyers as donors, so you just ate Jesse’s salad. You used the word donors, and I just love it,” she said.
That’s called a mic drop moment. In fact, it may be one of the most devastating mic drop moments ever seen on Fox News. Because as McDowell correctly noted, Tarlov basically played herself. Prospective art buyers aren’t donors — or at least they’re not supposed to be. Except in Hunter’s case, they may very well be.
Let’s let foreign govts or anyone else funnel hundreds of thousands of dollars anonymously to POTUS’s relatives through subjectively priced commodities like hotel charges, real estate purchases and art. Oh wait, no, art is COMPLETELY different. (sarcasm) https://t.co/461dmOLDzN
— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) June 21, 2021
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