On Monday, Fox News’s Sean Hannity played a personal voicemail left by President Joe Biden for his son, Hunter, three days after the First Son had allegedly purchased a gun.
In the 22-second voicemail, initially obtained by The Daily Mail, Biden sounds close to tears as he begs his son to get help.
Hannity aired the message as Hunter Biden may be facing charges as part of a federal investigation.
The touching voicemail rallied viewers to the Bidens’ support and prompted them to call Hannity’s perceived personal attack on the president’s family “grotesque.”
Listen to Joe Biden’s voicemail to son Hunter, as aired on Hannity
“It’s Dad. I called to tell you I love you,” the voicemail begins, with Biden sounding close to tears. “I love you more than the whole world, pal. You gotta get some help. I don’t know what to do. I know you don’t either. I’m here, no matter what you need. No matter what you need. I love you.”
You can listen to the entire voicemail, as aired last night on Hannity, here. Listener discretion is advised, as some may find the subject matter upsetting.
The Daily Mail first obtained the recording, which is reportedly dated 15 October 2018.
Hunter Biden has been open about his struggles with drug addiction and wrote in his memoir that he used drugs heavily in 2018.
There is no evidence to show that Joe Biden knew about Hunter’s alleged gun purchase at the time of the voicemail. The president has stood by his son throughout his struggle with addiction and said he is proud of Hunter for overcoming it.
Hannity lambasted for criticizing voicemail
After airing it, Hannity called the Biden voicemail “sad”, adding that it “reportedly came at the exact same time Hunter lied on a gun application to buy a handgun.”
“By the way, replace the name Biden with Trump and imagine how the mob and the media would be covering all of this,” the Fox News host said.
Viewers came down hard on Hannity for his take on the Bidens’ intimate voicemail, remarking the message makes the president come across as “a good and empathetic father.”
Others added the voicemail might actually increase the president’s rating, as many people can resonate with his message.
Hunter Biden may face federal investigation
The Washington Post reported last week that Federal agents now believe they might have enough evidence to charge the younger Biden with tax crimes and making a false statement in connection with the purchase of a gun.
The latter charges are believed to be connected to the alleged 2018 gun purchase that preceded the Hannity voicemail by just a few days. On the federal form, Biden reportedly answered “no” when asked if he used or was addicted to drugs.
However, as he admitted in his 2021 memoir, the First Son was still actively battling drug addiction in 2018.
Chris Clark, a lawyer for Hunter Biden, told The Post he believed information had been leaked about the ongoing investigation.
“As is proper and legally required, we believe the prosecutors in this case are diligently and thoroughly weighing not just evidence provided by agents, but also all the other witnesses in this case, including witnesses for the defense,” Clark said.
“That is the job of the prosecutors. They should not be pressured, rushed, or criticized for doing their job.”