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Confusing Trump vs confused Biden


Jakarta, IO – I hope I will not confuse the readers after perusing my confusing stories about the two US Presidential Candidates, President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump. But you must be patient in reading this narrative, as the stories are indeed confusing. Let me start with the stories surrounding the Biden family.

Very recently, the jury in the Hunter Biden case, where the defendant was accused in a Delaware Court of purchasing a weapon while addicted to narcotics, delivered a “Guilty” verdict, which means that he could be sentenced to up to 25 years of prison. While a judge would customarily hand down a lighter-than-maximum sentence, this must still be frightening for Hunter Biden and the President’s family. 

With no prejudice, to me this verdict really sounds so heavy, knowing how easy it is in the US for anyone to purchase a firearm, even an automatic rifle, let alone a handgun, via the mail with minimum registration; but why is there a potential 25 year sentence in this case?. Well, I am not a lawyer, but simply rely on my common sense. President Biden released a statement after the verdict, saying that as a father and the First Lady as a mother, this was a real blow to the family, yet he respects the verdict and continues to believe in the system of justice.

In her testimony to the court, Melissa Biden, Hunter Biden’s wife, stated that she found the pistol days after the purchase and threw it away into a garbage bin, where it was later discovered. Had she not done that, her husband would not have had to face all these charges. Now we must just wait for the Judge to decide on the sentence. 

Joe Biden
Joe Biden, (Source: White House)

As we know, all this happened only a few weeks after former President Trump faced a jury in a Manhattan Court, in his case of hush money and fraud, hearing a verdict that he was found guilty on all 34 counts he was accused of. Soon afterwards, many of his supporters, including lawmakers, Congressmen and -women as well as Senators, announced that the court proceedings against Mister Trump were definitely politically motivated. Confusing, don’t you think?

Now, Hunter Biden still faces another court case in California, regarding tax evasion, while Mister Trump still face several court cases, on tax fraud in Manhattan Court, obstruction of the Presidential Election Process in Atlanta Court, Georgia, and the January 6 insurrection against the Government in a Washington, DC court. 

Observing all these developments, one would not wonder why President Biden looks confused. But he must wake up, to sustain his fight for re-election, which is coming closer. And he should feel confident of his achievements in office, as revealed by reports regarding inflation reduction, job creation as shown in the decline of the unemployment rate from 6.2 percent when he took office to the current rate of 3.8 percent.

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Several legislative acts that would strengthen the US, such as the as Inflation Reduction Act, and others. He has been able to maintain US prestige globally, as demonstrated in the most recent G-7 Summit Meeting. He successfully collected funds from his supporters, as shown with the fundraising event in Hollywood among actors and actresses the likes of George Clooney and Julia Roberts, and similarly in the east from financiers. Former President Trump could not compete with him in this respect.

Surprising to me is the fact that President Biden is the choice of most suburban women, young and educated in particular, and at present females comprise 62 percent of university graduates, while Mister Trump attracts more young male entrepreneurs from Silicon Valey. According to polls, they are head-to- head at present, but if President Biden looks confused, he would have a hard time competing against his confusing opponent, Mister Trump. I better stop here, lest I confuse everybody.

J. Soedradjad Djiwandono, Emeritus Professor of Economics, FEBUI, Jakarta, and Adjunct Professor of International Economics, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore.


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