On Wednesday, former Vice President Joe Biden defended his son Hunter against repeated attacks made by Donald Trump. Biden also announced that Hunter would be part of his 2020 presidential campaign.
“I knew it was going to be this way,” Biden said in an interview with the Reno Gazette-Journal after a campaign stop in Reno.
Biden shared that he knew his family would come under attack. He says that he sat down with hid five grandchildren three weeks before making the decision to enter the race.
“They came to me and said, ‘Pop, you got to run.'”
Biden said he warned his grandchildren that it could get “really mean” and they responded with “we know how he is,” they said about Donald Trump, “but, Pop you got to do it.”
Trump brought Biden’s son into the political spotlight after he asked the Ukrainian president to investigate Joe Biden. Trump claims that Biden tried to remove a Ukrainian prosecutor investigating a company where Hunter Biden served on the board. However, several major sources including former Obama administration officials have debunked Trump’s claim and state that Viktor Shokin, was ousted for the opposite reason Trump and his allies claim.
On Wednesday, Trump called Biden and his son “stone-cold crooked.”
Biden wasted no time fiercely defending his family during the Reno campaign rally.
“Let me make something clear to Trump and his hatchet men and the special interests funding his attacks against me. I’m not going anywhere,” Biden said.
“I think it’s the beginning, not the end,” Biden said about what he anticipates will be more attacks against his family.
“I’m also confident the American people know me, and they know my son.”
Biden added that Hunter will be a visible part of the campaign. “He’s a fine man. He’s been through hell.”
Joe Biden’s wife and infant daughter were killed in a car accident in 1972, just weeks after he won his first Senate race. In 2015, his oldest son, Beau Biden, 46, died from a form of brain cancer.
Biden said Trump’s attacks have been tough on him and his family, but it won’t stop him from winning come November.
“Look, we are a family. We have been through a lot worse,” Biden said. “We know what real pain is.”