On Sunday, NBC’s Chuck Todd reportedly questioned Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota about President Joe Biden’s health and his son, Hunter Biden.
The debate was predicated on a recent NBC News survey, which revealed that 68% of respondents are worried that Biden lacks the “requisite” mental and physical skills to be president.
“We got a new poll out. We asked various questions having to do with President Biden and his ability to do the job. Does he have the mental and physical health to serve? The concern among Democrats has doubled since October 2020. It was only one in five Democrats that had that concern before Election Day 2020. It’s now over 40%, it’s 43%. You were just with the president at the state dinner. Do you have any concerns?” Todd asked the Democrat Senator.
“No, I don’t. He did so well at that state dinner. I think we all saw his power at the State of the Union. Our party is united behind him, why? Because we work in a results-oriented business, Chuck, and he has gotten results. [He] added over 13 million jobs since the beginning of his presidency. When he took over, our democracy was in shambles. Those aren’t small accomplishments, those are big-deal things.”” Klobuchar responded.
“I brought up the state dinner. Do you think it was appropriate for Hunter Biden to be at the same events as the Attorney General, Merrick Garland, was in the same week he accepted a plea deal?” Todd shot back.
“You know, I think, as the president explains, that’s his son, that’s a separate thing and I would like to say about that, that decision was made by an independent prosecutor who is a Trump-appointed U.S. attorney who had 10 years of experience, well-respected. [The] Philadelphia Enquirer reported that he was a registered Republican. He looked at the facts and evidence and made that decision. And by the way, if that’s what the Republicans want to run on in the coming election, good luck, because the president is going to be able to run on the strength of his work in bringing 13 million jobs back to America in resurging — ” Klobuchar said.
“You understand the perception. You understand the perception issue of something like that though?” Todd fired back.
Klobuchar was then forced to admit that she understood the negative perceptions around the issue but wished they were different.
U.S. attorney David Weiss, who was appointed by Trump, filed charges against Hunter for illegally having a weapon while under the influence of narcotics in 2018 and for failing to pay federal taxes in 2017 and 2018.
The president’s son has accepted a probation arrangement for the gun accusation and agreed to plead guilty to the tax offenses. He is unlikely to spend any time behind bars.