Joe Biden talks about his PROUD of Hunter’s recovery from addiction as he advocates for increased federal resources for addicts and mandatory rehab instead of prison for drug use, during Ohio City Hall
- President Biden said he was proud of his son’s overcoming addiction
- He spoke passionately about Hunter’s recovery as he demanded more resources to help addicts
- “We shouldn’t send people to prison for use,” he said, calling for mandatory rehabilitation
- The president asked questions about COVID-19, the economy and inflation
- The event was an opportunity to bridge the country’s political divide and speak directly to voters in Cincinnati, Ohio.
President Biden spoke passionately Wednesday night about his son Hunter’s recovery from drug addiction, as he demanded more federal resources for addicts and for mandatory rehab to replace incarceration.
Amid questions about COVID-19 and the economy, this moment brought one of the president’s most animated responses.
“I’m so damn proud of my son,” he told CNN host Don Lemon on stage at Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati, Ohio.
“My son just wrote a book about how he got over his addiction and he did it and he’s doing it and he’s in great shape, thank goodness.” he said.
President Biden’s spoke passionately about his son Hunter’s recovery from addiction as he laid out his four-point plan to ensure addicts get the help they need
The president spoke of his pride in how his son Hunter had overcome the addiction. “My son just wrote a book about how he got over his addiction and he did it and he’s doing it and he’s in great shape,” Biden said.
Hunter has been a favorite target of conservative critics, who have welcomed his troubles and repeatedly accused him of cashing in on the family name.
Biden used his example and experience to map out a range of solutions to tackle the drug abuse epidemic in the nation.
‘This is what it is about. We don’t have nearly enough people involved in mental health and drug addiction treatment, number one,” he said to the loudest applause of the evening.
“Number two, we shouldn’t send people to jail for use. We should send them to mandatory rehabilitation. Mandatory rehabilitation.
“Number three, if people are in jail… if that’s not the biggest crime… they should get treatment while they’re in prison.
“Fourth, when people get out of prison, whether it’s drug addiction or some other crime. When they’ve served their time, they should have full access to everything from Pell grants to public housing.”
More than 93,000 Pepe died of drug overdose in 2020, according to the latest figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an increase of nearly 30 percent from the previous year.
President Biden took the stage to a warm reception as he brought his messages about vaccines, infrastructure and the economy to Trump-supporting Ohio in front of a CNN City Hall in Cincinnati
Biden faced questions about protecting children from COVID-19, replacing crumbling infrastructure, relieving the police burden, rebuilding the economy, addressing misinformation about the coronavirus and more
Hunter Biden’s is back in the headlines when he embarked on an art career, and he worried that buyers of his paintings — which some experts say could fetch $500,000 — might think they’re buying influence in the administration.
“We need to deal with the idea of addiction by providing what we all know: it’s a brain disease…and it should be treated as such,” Biden said.
The City Hall was held in an area of Cincinnati that heavily voted for former President Trump, giving Biden a chance to reach out to the nation’s divisions and speak directly to voters.
Much of the 90 minutes was dominated by questions about COVID-19 and the president hammered on his vaccination message.
‘Look, it’s very simple. We have a pandemic for those who have not been vaccinated. It’s so simple, so simple,” he said.
Rising coronavirus cases at home and abroad have rocked stock markets and seen a series of provinces across the country return to mask mandates.
Biden dodged questions about whether he might have to impose a new lockdown, saying vaccines could soon be approved for children under 12.
But he got the warmest applause when he discussed his troubled son.