President Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden has had many ethical issues. His most recent scheme involves selling his mediocre artwork — and that may be a problem.
Hunter Biden selling his artwork for hundreds of thousands of dollars poses an ethical issue as buyers may be purchasing political influence instead of paitnings, Breitbart reported. Even Biden administration mouthpiece CNN has acknowledged as much.
On CNN’s “Inside Politics Sunday” last weekend, the panel discussed the problems associated with selling artwork — which has subjectively assigned monetary value — made by the president’s son. The panel agreed there are both optics and ethical issues associated with this setup.
“I don’t know anything about art, but these people do,” host Abby Phillip noted of art critics raising red flags. “One Pulitzer-Prize winning art critic says that he thinks that Hunter Biden’s art is kind of like a cafe painter. He says, you wouldn’t, unless you were related to the artist, spend more than $1,000 on it,” she said.
“But then another art critic, who actually likes Hunter Biden’s work also says this, ‘Anybody who buys it would be guaranteed instant profit. He’s the president’s son.’”
CNN’s Abby Phillip on Hunter Biden’s art selling scheme:
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“This is a huge optics problem, an ethics problem,” Melania Zanona, fellow network reporter, concurred. “And making it more challenging is that it is art and the value is assigned. That’s why critics are saying different things,” she noted.
“Obviously, the White House is trying to get some sort of wrap around this, they’re trying to come up with an arrangement that will make it look better,” Zanona continued. “But, you know, they’re worried about it.”
White House press secretary Jen Psaki has insisted that the sale would be anonymous even as Hunter Biden would be present at the galleries for the events, according to The Hill. Many rightly believe this to be a fundraising scheme rather than an art sale, especially given the caliber of the artwork.
If former President Donald Trump’s sons had been hawking blown-ink and watercolor abstract works, the media would have rightly cried foul. Instead, this sham is being allowed to proceed, though the criticism from the likes of CNN indicates the tide may be turning.