Joe Biden admonished his son Hunter and brothers Frank and Jim after they feared their scandals could harm the former vice president’s shot at the White House, telling them: ‘Don’t you dare buy into that.’
The 67-year-old admitted the ‘natural instinct is to defend’ when the Biden men were facing negative press coverage and intense scrutiny in the lead-up to the presidential election.
At the time, Trump was calling for Hunter to be investigated for his Ukrainian business dealings, Jim was facing questions over his work with Hunter on a failed Chinese investment venture and DailyMail.com revealed Frank hadn’t paid a car crash victim’s family a dime of the $1 million compensation he owed them.
Frank explained: ‘Imagine Jim, Hunter and I, how awful we felt that we’re reflecting poorly on Joe. That if something goes wrong here it’s our fault.
‘See that, Joe took us off that guilt train like nobody’s business, ”Don’t you dare! Don’t you dare buy into that.”
Joe Biden admonished his son Hunter and brothers Frank and Jim after they feared their scandals could harm the former vice president’s shot at the White House, telling them: ‘Don’t you dare buy into that’
Biden’s youngest brother Frank, 67, spoke in a freewheeling interview to TC Scornavacchi on Monday, podcast host of TC After Dark , a few days before Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday
The Florida businessman recalled a time from their childhood when Joe was so mad at his sister Valarie, that he bit off the ear of her stuffed animal, Lamb Chop. Pictured: Joe Biden (second from right) with his mother Jean, and brothers Frank and Jim and sister Valarie
Frank, Joe’s youngest brother, spoke candidly throughout the 42-minute interview with Scornavacchi, a producer for radio host and anchor Michael Smerconish’s Sirius XM and CNN programs.
The Florida businessman touched on growing up with Joe, recalling a time from their childhood when Joe was so mad at his sister Valarie, that he bit off the ear of her stuffed animal, Lamb Chop (Lamb Chop was a puppet made famous by puppeteer and TV personality Shari Lewis in the ’50’s).
He said: ‘I don’t know if Lamb Chop still lives. I do know that Joe bit its ear off when she was about 16 and she never forgave him… he was mad at Valerie and to get at her [he bit the ear off].
‘Nobody ever touched Valerie, not even close. The biggest sin for a Biden male would be to touch a woman in any kind of anger. That’s the biggest coward in the world.’
He boasted he was the only one who was actually born in Delaware, with the rest of his siblings born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, before moving to the state.
Frank also opened up about being a recovering alcoholic, admitting: ‘I never say recovered because it’s a daily event.’
He continued: ‘You know, I was a gutter alcoholic. I was behind the dumpster guy.
‘I can’t remember – I cannot remember – the last time I took a drink of alcohol in any kind of joyous or social setting sort of way.
‘I cannot remember the last time I took a drink of alcohol and did not immediately descend into hell.’
The Florida businessman touched on growing up with Joe, recalling a time from their childhood when Joe was so mad at his sister Valarie (pictured together during the early years of Joe’s political career), that he bit off the ear of her stuffed animal, Lamb Chop
Actress and ventriloquist Shari Lewis with her creation of sock puppet Lamb Chop
He added that at one point ‘things were really horrific for me’ and he ‘didn’t want to live because I couldn’t stop drinking. I tried and tried and tried and tried and failed more times than I can count.’
But, he said his ‘brothers and my sister never gave up on me. Never ever. They saved my life. They saved my life.’
Biden’s youngest brother Frank, 67, spoke in a freewheeling interview to TC Scornavacchi (above), podcast host of TC After Dark
Frank also drew parallels between his battle with alcoholism and Joe’s son Hunter’s struggles, blasting the ‘daily attacks at the most beautiful boy in the world’.
He said: ‘Hunt got the disease too. Hunt was sober for a long time. He got sober young. But after Beau died, things became very difficult for all of us.
‘Hunt succumbed once again, because this is an insidious disease. It’s like a gorilla that’s doing push ups in the parking lot waiting for you to come outside.
‘It never sleeps, it’s always there, it never goes away and it’s just lying in wait for that opportunity.
‘Hunt had some difficulties and thank god he’s sober now and he’s a beacon to many.’
Source: Daily Mail |World News