Juan Williams spent time on the airwaves defending President Joe Biden's son Hunter with much vim and vigor, along with the president, during an appearance on Fox News Sunday.
However, the less-than-moderate commentator's words were not left to stand as much more conservative former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich swiftly resolved the score, as The Daily Wire reported.
Williams and Gingrich joined host Shannon Bream for the panel discussion portion of the Sunday morning program, and when the discussion turned to Hunter Biden, the table rapidly heated up.
Williams began by acknowledging the first son's personal failings, namely drugs, and sex, and argued that despite the situation being less than ideal, the only thing Joe Biden was genuinely guilty of was attempting to assist and protect his son.
“We know Hunter Biden’s an addict, we know he’s an alcoholic. We know he’s had sex addiction problems. We know he’s not the son you would have. But Joe Biden acted as a father trying to protect his son and trying to help his son. I don’t think anyone’s gonna fault him for that,” Williams said.
“But you compare that to the graft and the grifting from Trump golf courses, Trump hotels, Chinese shoe deals with the daughter, and the son-in-law getting billions from the Saudis. It’s unbelievable,” Williams continued, immediately pivoting to turn the attack on former President Donald Trump.
“Even this week you have to compare it to the trouble we’ve heard about in New York with the sexual assault case against Trump. But this is what Hunter Biden has come down to now. He is a distraction, a shield against all the trouble that Trump is experiencing.”
Gingrich pushed back, asserting the lucrative international business transactions which multiple members of the Biden family, the president included, were reportedly connected, should not be brushed aside so easily.
“There are facts. The widow of the Moscow mayor sent millions of dollars to Hunter Biden. He got money from Kazakhstan,” Gingrich replied. “He got money from Ukraine and served on a board about which he knew nothing. He got a lot of money from China and it’s a fact, Juan, that there were $3 million that has been disclosed that went to the Biden family from a Chinese billionaire.”
“Now you can decide that none of this stuff matters, but the fact is you have the Vice President of the United States taking his son on Air Force Two into China where his son is making business deals. And you just described his son. Your language, he’s a sex addict, he’s an alcoholic —” Gingrich continued.
Williams pushed his perspective back in then, asking, “Is that an attack on the president? He’s not the president! He’s the son! Nepotism is not a crime! You look at the nepotism in every president and every famous family but that’s not a crime.”
Bream interjected, observing that members of both the Trump and Biden families have been accused of nepotism, and questioned whether a double standard might be in play.
“Look, I think you have a son, Joe Biden’s son, Hunter who might make some business deals. Newt describes this as millions flowing to the family. Kind of amorphous. But I know specifically of two billion dollars that went to Jared Kushner and nobody’s gonna argue about that,” Williams said again.
Gingrich was not convinced and argued that based on Williams' description of Hunter Biden, no legitimate business would invest in him unless they believed they could use him to get something greater: "They were investing in Joe."