Joe Biden Blindsided With Bad News Moments After Hunter’s Conviction

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The tracker and opinion poll analyzer FiveThirtyEight reports that President Joe Biden’s approval rating has reached a record low of 37.4%, while disapproval is at 56.6%.

Recent polls show that non-white voters’ support is dwindling. Furthermore, as Business Insider reported, progressive groups have harshly condemned the White House for its response to Israel’s conduct during the Gaza conflict after a Hamas attack on October 7.

Since the US withdrew from Afghanistan in a haphazard manner, Biden’s popularity has declined and has not increased. Following the withdrawal of American forces, the Taliban swiftly seized control of Kabul, the nation’s capital, on August 15, 2021. After barely seven months in office, President Biden’s approval rating was 49%, according to Gallup. In one month, his approval rating dropped to 43%.

By contrast, since the riot at the US Capitol Building on January 6, 2021, former President Donald Trump’s support ratings have been rising gradually.

As the first former president to be convicted of a felony, Trump has a 41.6% approval rating, according to the weighted average from FiveThirtyEight, at a potentially dangerous period.

A recent nationwide survey by Emerson College Polling revealed that an astounding 44% of respondents stated that the former president’s 34 felony convictions had no bearing on their support for him; 33% said it made them less likely to do so, and 27% said it increased their likelihood of voting for him.

“Trump’s support in our polling remained the same before and after his conviction,” Executive Director of Emerson College Polling Spencer Kimball said. “A majority of Democrats say it makes them less likely to support Trump (51%) and a majority of Republicans (55%) say it makes them more likely to support Trump. A plurality of independents say it makes no impact (41%), while 38% are less likely to vote for Trump and 21% more likely.”

“The poll found Trump had a narrow lead over President Joe Biden, with 46% of voters behind Trump and 45% backing Biden in the 2024 presidential election. Nine percent were undecided,” the report said.

The Biden family has not had a good week.

After his son Hunter Biden was found guilty on Tuesday of lying on documents related to gun purchases and illegal weapons possession, President Joe Biden issued a statement endorsing his son.

“As I said last week, I am the President, but I am also a Dad. Jill and I love our son, and we are so proud of the man he is today,” the president said. “So many families who have had loved ones battle addiction understand the feeling of pride seeing someone you love come out the other side and be so strong and resilient in recovery.

“As I also said last week, I will accept the outcome of this case and will continue to respect the judicial process as Hunter considers an appeal. Jill and I will always be there for Hunter and the rest of our family with our love and support. Nothing will ever change that.”

Hunter Biden, the first son, was accused by federal officials of selling illicit firearms and lying on a background check form. A jury in the Vermont trial concluded that he was guilty.

“The conviction marks the first time a president’s immediate family member has been found guilty of a crime during their father’s term in office, though his crimes predate Joe Biden’s tenure as president,” CNN reported.

“Hunter Biden could face up to 25 years in prison and a fine of up to $750,000 at sentencing, though he likely will receive far less than the maximum as a first-time offender. Court has adjourned for the day after the jury found Hunter Biden guilty on all three counts. The jury deliberated for just under three hours. First lady Jill Biden arrived at the courthouse shortly after the verdict was read,” the outlet added.

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