How Hunter Biden’s Conviction Will Affect The 2024 Election

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( – Hunter Biden’s recent guilty verdict further complicates the 2024 presidential race between President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump. While Trump has been arguing that the Department of Justice has been biased against him, using his legal cases as proof, Biden can point to his son’s legal case as proof of the opposite. 

David Axelrod, a former Obama adviser, however also pointed out that Hunter Biden’s trial had taken an emotional toll on Biden who had faced a lot of troubles during his son’s time struggling with drug addiction. 

The Trump campaign is also in a tough position as they are looking at the best way to handle the conviction of Hunter Biden. Trump has called for investigations into the Biden family and labeled Biden as “crooked,” yet he has acknowledged the challenges of addiction, making aggressive attacks risky. Trump’s conviction on 34 felony counts for falsifying business records contrasts with Hunter’s three federal gun charges for lying about his drug addiction.

Republicans remain uncertain about using Hunter’s conviction politically. The case’s focus on personal behavior, such as addiction and gun rights, could evoke sympathy among GOP voters. Stewart Verdery, a former DHS assistant secretary, suggested the conviction offers a limited retort to criticisms of Trump’s ethics. 

Hunter Biden’s legal troubles will continue, with a federal tax trial and sentencing in the gun case pending. Trump also faces multiple state and federal cases. These legal battles may influence the presidential debate stage in June, offering insights into how both campaigns address courtroom developments.

Despite the legal challenges, the Biden campaign has labeled Trump a “convicted criminal” following his recent conviction in the New York hush money trial.

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