Hunter Biden says he doesn't know if laptop belongs to him, Twitter says 'worry more about Gaetz's phone'

Intenet divided over Biden's laptop after he claims he's not sure about it, in contradiction of the President

                            Hunter Biden says he doesn't know if laptop belongs to him, Twitter says 'worry more about Gaetz's phone'
In this screenshot from the DNCC’s livestream of the 2020 Democratic National Convention, Hunter Biden addresses the virtual convention on August 20, 2020. (Getty Images)

Hunter Biden and his laptop are back in the news. In a new interview, the President's son addressed a wide variety of topics, including his addiction troubles. However, it was the mention of the famous laptop that really got everyone's attention. As the interview made its way to social media, many trolled and defended Biden, making it a trending topic on Twitter.

Biden's comments don't provide us with any new details or insights, so the owner of the laptop still remains a mystery. The device was a major talking point for Republicans during the 2020 Presidential Election but didn't stop Joe Biden from winning. Now, it seems to back in the news thanks to a clip released on social media by CBS.


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Hunter Biden attends Usher's New Look Foundation - World Leadership Conference & Awards 2011 - Day 3 at Cobb Energy Center on July 22, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Getty Images)


CBS Sunday Morning promoted a clip from the interview with Biden, scheduled to air on Sunday. The show said, "Months after it was alleged that a laptop revealed Hunter Biden's business interests in China and Ukraine, the president's son tells Tracy Smith that the laptop "could be" his" in a tweet. 



In the clip, host Tracy Smith asks Biden, "was that your laptop". Biden responds, "for real I don't know". He did say though that the device "could have been" his. He tells Smith, "there could be a laptop out there that was stolen from me. It could be that I was hacked. It could be that it was the — that it was Russian intelligence. It could be that it was stolen from me." Biden does not provide a definitive yes or no, so we still don't know if the laptop actually belongs to him.

Democrats including the President have pushed back hard at Republicans, claiming that the laptop is part of a disinformation campaign by Russia. That was contradicted by Former Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe last year, with the FBI and Department of Justice agreeing with Ratcliffe. 

It's unclear as of now what the laptop has to do with the criminal investigation into Biden. The FBI and IRS are working together in Delaware to examine Biden's business dealings, and to see if he violated tax or money laundering laws. Irrespective of that, the laptop has become a major headache for the Bidens. They did, however, find some support online.

President-elect Joe Biden embraces his son Hunter Biden after addressing the nation from the Chase Center November 07, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware (Getty Images)


Trolls and defenders divided over laptop

Responding to the clip, many users on social media defended Biden, while calling out Matt Gaetz. One user tweeted, "Let's worry less about what's on Hunter Biden's laptop and more about what's on Matt Gaetz's phone." Another said, "Exactly after a year of listening to Hunter Biden's laptop, would love to hear and see what's on @mattgaetz laptop."





Comedian Steve Hoffstetter tweeted, "If republicans were concerned with Hunter Biden's laptop, they're going to be terrified of Matt Gaetz's." Another person commented, "You know a Republican has been caught doing something bad and/or illegal when Hunter Biden starts trending."





Others attacked Biden and CBS. One person replied to the tweet, "“Hard hitting” “journalism” good grief how softball can you get!?" Another complained, "More clickbait. You make it sound like he said he could have dropped it off at the repair shop when that's not what he said at all. The media is irreparably broken."





Another person tweeted, "Was Hunter Biden still high on sth during this interview?? What is 'could be'? Don't even know was that your laptop or not?" One person trolled both Joe and Hunter by tweeting "..It could have been taken by be another Hunter Biden who’s father is also the could be that we all had magic mushrooms for lunch....Bullshitting seems to be a family trait...."





Biden is currently promoting his memoir, "Beautiful Things". The book chronicles his struggles with addiction, his time on the board of Ukrainian company Burisma, and former President Trump. The book will be released on April 6. These are some of the topics that Biden will also talk about on his interview with CBS, 

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