Hunter Biden’s story begins with the tragic passing of his mother at the young age of two, who died in a car crash that also took the life of his younger sister. Hunter and his brother, Beau, had survived the accident.
“Hunter Biden has said his first memory is lying in a hospital next to his brother, Beau, after that December 1972 accident in which his sister also died,” spoke Pirro. “The both of them were in the hospital, holding each other’s hands, saying, ‘I love you, I love you, I love you.’”
The loss of his mother and sister proved later on to have a tremendous effect on Hunter, who, when recalling the incident, described that early childhood trauma as a major contributing factor to some of his self-destructive behaviors:
“I don’t see that tragic moment as necessarily resulting in behaviors that lent themselves to addiction. That would be a cop-out, but I do have a better understanding of why I feel the way I do sometimes. It was a lonely place to be as a child, and it’s a lonely place to be now,” said Hunter, as referenced in the series.
At around the same time his father Joe, who had only been 30, had been elected senator a few weeks prior. Due to the circumstances caused by the accident, Joe had weighed forgoing his new role to stay at home with his boys.
As the series explores, Joe, however, elected to proceed with taking up his seat and was sworn in by his children’s bedside.
“He made the choice that he would go to Washington and take up this very big career in the Senate. It was a prize that he would not give up,” said Pirro about Joe Biden and his decision to take office.
Biden was relegated to making a 3-hour commute from Washington DC to his home in Delaware. In his absences, Joe’s mother and sister would care for the boys.
“He has said that people encouraged him and persuaded him that it was the best thing to do for his children. But if you listen to Hunter, he certainly, I think, missed the fact that he’d lost his mother – and pretty much lost his father,” said Pirro.
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