Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) made it clear why it's so difficult to get Republicans and Democrats to come together around gun safety solutions that are overwhelmingly supported by American voters.
On Tuesday, Johnson was asked about increasing the age to buy a gun to 21 and expanding background checks. Instead of talking about bipartisan efforts or indicating what he would support, he turned to attack Hunter Biden.
The right has used President Joe Biden's son in the same way they used Hillary Clinton's emails. The last surviving Biden son is the source of several conspiracy theories involving Ukraine and China. Former President Donald Trump even went so far as to claim that Hunter Biden got $1.5 billion from China and used the government plane to do it. There's never been any proof to confirm it. At the same time, Hunter Biden isn't listed on the Forbes list of American billionaires. FactCheck.org ruled the claim unsubstantiated and Trump hasn't been able to provide the world with proof for his claims.
Still, Republicans have decided that if they take back the House and Senate, their main goal will be bringing down President Joe Biden by destroying his children, who haven't served in the White House as a senior advisers. Republicans have indicated that they intend to spend the two years leading into the 2024 election investigating Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris in an attempt to get Donald Trump reelected.
It prompted those online to question why Ron Johnson cares more about the president's son over the safety of children, churches, movie theaters and other mass shooting sites.
Others couldn't help but joke that Hunter Biden's laptop never killed anyone.
See the comments below:
\u201cI really wish Hunter Biden's laptop would stop killing people.\u201d— Sasyecat #WearADamnMask \ud83d\ude37 (@Sasyecat #WearADamnMask \ud83d\ude37) 1654630207
\u201cDid Hunter Biden kill someone with his laptop?\u201d— Elizabeth West (@Elizabeth West) 1654622562
\u201cReporter: Senator, the public desperately wants you to do something about guns. \n\nRepublican: Let me be very clear, fuuuuuuuccccckkkkk them.\u201d— Jason Karsh (@Jason Karsh) 1654626290
\u201cAddressing mass shootings by obsessing over Hunter Biden. That's the ticket.\u201d— Justin Baragona (@Justin Baragona) 1654626174
\u201cMy god, what a piece of crap.\n\nHunter Biden is more important to them than mutilated murdered children\n\nI hate these F'ers. The worst of society, truly.\u201d— Drew \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6 (@Drew \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6) 1654626763
\u201cthis is your brain\nthis is your brain on fox news\nany questions?\u201d— Oliver Willis (@Oliver Willis) 1654622590
\u201cSo if we jail Hunter Biden on charges of lying on a background check we can tighten the gun laws? I'd take that deal in a heartbeat.\u201d— Steve M. (@Steve M.) 1654625886
\u201cNot what I would've started with, but ok, let's enforce the laws we already have. Chronological order seems most efficient, so there are quite a few Republicans ahead of him in line.\n\nI actually like this idea. After you lock up all the politicians (or politician-adjacents) ...\u201d— National Security Counselors (@National Security Counselors) 1654623327
\u201cFFS. \n\nAnd these clowns are going to get reelected. \n\nffs.\u201d— Free Navalny (@Free Navalny) 1654626676
\u201cThis is Schumer's fault. You don't invite people like this to sit down at the table when you have public opinion and momentum on your side. You put bills on the floor and you force them to take very unpopular votes.\u201d— CavsKermit (@CavsKermit) 1654622765
\u201cThere's a Hunter Biden waiting period?\u201d— Irreverent Testimony (@Irreverent Testimony) 1654628356