The all-in-the-family approach to political attacks has a long history

In the closing days of the 2020 election, allies of President Donald Trump tried to reenact the 2016 version of the election, right down to the suspiciously derived emails and dark suggestions of corrupt dealings that never entirely made sense. This time around, instead of targeting President Trump's opponent, his allies and surrogates moved all in on a set of stories about Joe Biden's son, Hunter. They allegedly first peddled the story to The Wall Street Journal, but when reporters needed time to authenticate the evidence and verify the details, Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani gave it to the New York Post instead.

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