(CBreif) – A stunning new survey spells more bad news for President Joe Biden.
According to a poll released Tuesday by Rasmussen Reports, nearly two-thirds of registered voters — 62 percent — believe that the president both knew about and potentially profited from business deals secured by his son, Hunter Biden, that involved figures linked to adversarial governments including China, Breitbart News reported.
Those figures have increased since April, the outlet noted, when a smaller majority — 58 percent — said they believe that Joe Biden had a role in those business deals. At the time, 60 percent said they thought that Hunter Biden sold “influence and access” to his father.
“I’ve never spoken to my son about his overseas business dealings. Here’s what I know — I know Trump deserves to be investigated,” Joe Biden claimed on the campaign trail in 2020.
“It’s a smear campaign,” he added in October 2020.
“My son has no made money from China,” he repeated just a few days later, the outlet reported.
Breitbart News adds:
The polling comes after overwhelming evidence suggests that Joe Biden has been involved in his family’s business deals since 2012, when he was vice president. Joe Biden and his staff have claimed seven times Joe Biden has had no part in the family scheme, but 17 instances show otherwise.
But texts from Hunter’s laptop indicate Joe Biden received 50 percent of Hunter’s “salary” for a 30-year period. The reported texts do not reveal when the 30 years began or ended and whether Joe Biden is still a part of the payment scheme as president.
“I hope you all can do what I did and pay for everything for this entire family for 30 years,” Hunter wrote to his daughter, according to a text message gleaned from the laptop. “It’s really hard. But don’t worry, unlike Pop [Joe], I won’t make you give me half your salary.”
U.S. prosecutor David Weiss, appointed by former President Trump, is deliberating whether Hunter and associates “violated money laundering, campaign finance, tax and foreign lobbying laws, as well as whether Hunter Biden broke federal firearm and other regulations,” CNN reported in July.
A grand jury has also been convened in the investigation, Breitbart News noted further.
Meanwhile, the Biden White House is struggling to walk back remarks made by the president last week during a prime-time speech, in which he referred to tens of millions of Trump supporters disparagingly and insinuated they were threats to the country. He attacked “MAGA Republicans” and suggested they were a major threat to the stability of the country and its democratic institutions.
“He’s been very clear when he’s talked about MAGA Republicans, Ultra MAGA Republicans. He’s talked about the leadership in the Republican Party,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Tuesday. “You have leaders in the Republican Party who are offering extreme, extreme agenda. And so that’s what he means.”
“We must be honest with each other and with ourselves,” Biden said during the speech at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, with a pair of U.S. Marines in the background. “Too much of what’s happening in our country today is not normal. Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans represent an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our republic.”
“MAGA Republicans do not respect the Constitution,” he claimed without context or explanation. “They do not believe in the rule of law. They do not recognize the will of the people. They refuse to accept the results of a free election.”
“And they’re working right now, as I speak in state after state, to give the power to decide elections in America to partisans and cronies, empowering election-deniers to undermine democracy itself,” Biden continued.
“MAGA forces are determined to take this country backwards. Backwards to an America where there is no right to choose, no right to privacy, no right to contraception, no right to marry who you love. They promote authoritarian leaders and they fan the flames of political violence that are a threat to our personal rights, to the pursuit of justice, to the rule of law, to the very soul of this country,” Biden said.