Hunter Biden Says His Brother’s Death Helped His Image
Hunter Biden’s memoir discusses the tragic passing of his brother Beau, who dies of cancer at the age of 46. But just a day after Beau’s funeral, Hunter thought his brother’s untimely passing created the perfect opportunity to run for office.
In “Beautiful Things,” Hunter Biden’s memoir book, he recalls an interaction he had with his then-wife Kathleen as they returned home from Beau’s funeral:
I pulled the car over and told Kathleen that maybe politics was now an option for me. “You know, as horrible as I feel, I have a feeling of real purpose,” I said. It seemed so many people were more willing to forgive my past mistakes—relapses with drinking, administrative discharge from the Navy Reserve—than I was willing to forgive myself.
I suppose her response—Are you serious?—was entirely warranted. We didn’t say another word to each other for the rest of the ride. Or, really, ever again.
Hunter idolizes his brother Beau throughout the book. “He had the longest eyelashes to go with those striking blue eyes. He had great hair,” he said at one point.
Joe Biden once wrote in his own memoir, “I was pretty sure Beau could run for President some day, and, with his brother’s help, he could win.”
But Hunter didn’t just want to help Beau. He wanted to run himself.
Hunter even went on to start a romantic relationship with his brother’s widow, Hallie Biden.
“By the time we returned to Delaware at the end of the week, we were no longer just two people bound by shared grief. We were a couple,” Hunter wrote.
He then married another woman only a week after meeting her, professing his love to her on a blind date and pointing out her similarity to his late brother.
We both smiled as I sat down. I spoke up first.
“You have the exact same eyes as my brother.”
Then, not long after that, having no idea what I was going to say until it jumped out of my mouth: “I know this probably isn’t a good way to start a first date, but I’m in love with you.”
Hunter also used Beau’s cancer diagnosis to try to justify his five-figure per month salary from a Ukranian gas company:
I want to be clear: Beau’s health problems didn’t prompt me to do something I wouldn’t have done otherwise. The money was helpful, but I could’ve figured out another way to make it. I wasn’t desperate. Yet it did provide me the ability not to work as hard at continuing to develop clients, the most time-consuming part of my work—drilling twenty dry wells to finally hit pay dirt. That gave me more time to tend to Beau.
He claimed the money was “a major enabler during my steepest skid into addiction” that allowed him to “spend recklessly, dangerously, destructively,” including using cocaine on a Burisma board trip.