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 July 10, 2023

New York Times writer criticizes Biden for ignoring granddaughter: 'It's seven grandchildren'

Saturday, liberal New York Times opinion columnist Maureen Dowd published an article shaming President Joe Biden for refusing to acknowledge his seventh grandchild, Hunter Biden's illegitimate daughter.

The article, titled "It's Seven Grandkids, Mr. President," criticized Biden for ignoring the existence of Navy Joan Roberts, the seventh grandchild he had with an ex-stripper, as Fox News reported.

According to Dowd's caustic article, Biden's insensitive treatment of this grandchild "undercuts" the "empathy" that "has been his stock in trade" during his time in office.

Context of the Column

The column was published in the midst of an ongoing child support and paternity case in Arkansas involving Hunter Biden and Roberts' daughter, who was born in 2018 after Biden began an affair with the former prostitute who formerly worked at Mpire Gentlemen's Club in Washington, D.C."

In May, Biden was ordered to appear in the matter before the Independence County Circuit Court in Batesville, Arkansas.

President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden have refused to acknowledge Navy as their granddaughter, despite proceedings and a paternity test in 2020 establishing Biden's paternity.

Although she is Biden's seventh grandchild, he recently claimed to have only six. And when reporters queried White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre about a New York Times article about the granddaughter, she refused to respond. "I have nothing to report from here," Jean Pierre responded.

Dowd criticized this conduct in the New York Times, stating that she and her sister find it "unconscionable" that the president disregards Roberts.

Dowd began her article by mentioning that her sister Peggy, a Republican who was swayed by Biden's "gregarious Irish charm" to become a fan and eventual Biden voter, had recently written a letter chastising Biden for his behavior.

The Letter Quoted in The Article

The columnist quoted the letter from her sister, which read, "I watched as you told the nation that you had six grandchildren and you loved each one of them. I believe that.

"What I cannot believe and what I find unconscionable is that you refuse to admit or accept the fact that there is a beautiful little 4-year-old girl living in Arkansas by the name of Navy Joan who is your seventh grandchild."

Citing a legal agreement that Roberts could recieve of her father’s artwork, Peggy’s letter added, "She has the Biden blood running through her veins, and all she is going to have as a reminder of this are some of Hunter’s original paintings; sounds like a lousy trade-off, if you ask me."

Additionally, the letter appealed with the president, stating, "Mr. President, many years ago, you lost your daughter in a horrendous car accident. I know you still carry that pain with you every day because I have watched your face when you speak about her. Please do not throw away your granddaughter."

After criticizing Biden from the perspective of her sister, Dowd expressed her own opinion, saying, "Joe Biden’s mantra has always been that ‘the absolute most important thing is your family.’

"It is the heart of his political narrative. Empathy, born of family tragedies, has been his stock in trade. Callously scarring Navy’s life, just as it gets started, undercuts that."

She then said, "What the Navy story reveals is how dated and inauthentic the 80-year-old president’s view of family is."

Dowd expressed her belief that "the president can’t defend Hunter on all his other messes and draw the line at accepting one little girl," adding, "You can’t punish her for something she had no choice about."

The columnist concluded by again claiming that Biden’s avoidance of his granddaughter makes his caring persona seem hollow.

She wrote, "The president’s cold shoulder — and heart — is counter to every message he has sent for decades, and it’s out of sync with the America he wants to continue to lead."

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