Hunter Biden opens up about an emotional drug intervention by his father during the 2020 presidential campaign

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Hunter Biden, left, and his father, President Joe Biden.

  • Hunter Biden has opened up about an emotional family intervention during 2020 the presidential campaign.
  • He described how his father, now the president, cried and embraced him outside their Delaware home.
  • In this CBS interview, Biden’s son described how “powerful” his addiction to substances was.
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President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, has opened up about an emotional intervention his family staged during the 2020 presidential campaign.

In an interview with “CBS This Morning” co-host Anthony Mason, the 51-year-old discussed his highly-publicized battle with substance abuse.

He recalled a particularly memorable incident at the family home in Wilmington, Delaware, whilst Joe Biden was in the midst of the presidential campaign.

Biden shared that he had a tense confrontation with his father and stormed out of the house. The future president then chased his son down the driveway, he told Mason.

As he tried to enter his car, his daughters blocked him from entering it. Then, he said, his father hugged him.

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Biden described his father’s embrace. “[He] gave a bear hug, and he said – and just cried, and said – ‘I don’t know what to do. I don’t know what to do. Please’.”

In his first interview since his father took office, the president’s second-oldest son told CBS News what he thought of Biden’s pleas.

“I thought: ‘I need to figure out a way to tell him that I’m gonna do something, so that I can go take another hit.’ It’s the only thing I could think. Literally,” he said. “That’s how powerful. I don’t know of a force more powerful than my family’s love…except addiction.”

Hunter Biden said that this scenario was “the hardest part of the book to write,” referring to his newly released memoir.

In “Beautiful Things,” he shares candid details of his struggle to become sober. At one point in his drug and alcohol spiral, Biden reveals he was smoking crack cocaine every 15 minutes.

He writes about spending a month in a Washington apartment bingeing on vodka while his father was vice president, The New York Times reported.

Biden’s son also credits his wife, Melissa Cohen, for helping him reach sobriety, The Times reported.

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Gov. Cuomo wants to give recovering drugs addicts who live in crowded housing COVID-19 vaccine priority, and Republicans are furious

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

  • Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said that recovering drug addicts in New York will get vaccinated this week.
  • He explained that they would be prioritized because many of them live in “problematic” shared accommodation.
  • Republican lawmakers expressed their outrage that recovering drug addicts are being prioritized over some senior citizens and healthcare workers.
  • Rep. Elise Stefanik called Cuomo “an absolute disgrace.”
  • Sen. Rick Scott followed suit by accusing the governor of “failing the people of New York.”
  • The Office of Addiction Services and Supports said drug users were being stigmatized. “Those at high risk of COVID should be vaccinated in line with other high-risk populations,” it said.
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Gov. Andrew Cuomo revealed in a press conference that recovering drug addicts would be among those in New York vaccinated against COVID-19 this week.

The announcement, however, sparked fury from Republican lawmakers.

On Monday, Cuomo told reporters that a batch of the 259,000 expected vaccine doses would go, as a matter of priority, to people served by OASAS – the Office of Addiction Services and Supports.

Cuomo explained that recovering drug addicts will be prioritized because they are living in ‘congregate facilities.’  These are “problematic” because of how densely populated they are, the governor said.

He outlined that, in addition to those at OASAS facilities, people living in nursing homes, and individuals who are administering coronavirus vaccines would also be vaccinated in the upcoming seven days.

“We’ll then continue with high-risk hospital workers, federally qualified health center employees, EMS workers,” Cuomo said.

“Who’s getting the vaccines next week? We expect to open to ambulatory care health workers, public-facing public health workers,” he continued.

The vaccine roll-out plans mean that residents and staffers in state-run and privately-operated rehab across New York will get jabs this week.

Rep. Elise Stefanik, a New York congresswoman and Trump favorite, dismissed the plans as “an absolute disgrace.”

In a tweet, she expressed her fury that recovering drug addicts would get the jab before some senior citizens.

Stefanik called Cuomo “the worst governor in America.”

She then continued: “This time prioritizing vaccines for drug addicts over tens of thousands of seniors who have been homebound since the start of the pandemic. An absolute disgrace.”

Sen. Rick Scott of Florida also tweeted criticism of Cuomo. He accused the governor of “once again failing the people of New York.”

Scott added: “We should be making sure senior citizens, those most vulnerable, and Americans on the front lines combating this virus get priority for the vaccine.”

OASAS, the agency that will oversee the vaccination of their residents, responded to the backlash in a statement made to CBS Albany News

A spokesperson said: “Unfortunately, there continues to be a stigma against those in recovery when it comes to equal access to health care. These individuals deserve the same access to medical care as everyone else, and those at high risk of COVID should be vaccinated in line with other high-risk populations.”

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