First Lady Jill Biden, the wife of President Joe Biden, recently made headlines for all the wrong reasons during her visit to Utah. While in the Beehive State, Biden made a stop at Hunter High School in West Valley City, southwest of Salt Lake City, as part of her efforts to promote education and visit with faculty. However, it was the placement of “Hunter High” signs during her remarks that caused a stir on social media.
The unfortunate placement of the “Hunter High” signs became the source of ridicule on social media, with many pointing out the irony of Biden speaking at a school named after her son, Hunter Biden. For those unfamiliar, Hunter Biden has a well-documented history of drug addiction, which the First Lady herself has spoken about in the past. The signs, unintentionally or not, seemed to reference Hunter’s struggles, making it a questionable decision by the first lady’s political advance team.
The mockery on social media did not go unnoticed by conservative politicians, as Rep. Andy Biggs of Arizona shared his thoughts on Twitter, saying, “Appropriately named!” And it’s hard to argue with Biggs’ observation. Jill Biden’s comments about Hunter’s drug abuse and her visit to Hunter High School seem like something out of a “VEEP” episode or a satirical comedy.
While the First Lady has defended her son’s struggle with substance abuse, it’s hard to ignore the irony of the situation. Hunter Biden’s past addiction may have been an unfortunate coincidence with the signs, but it’s hard not to see the resemblance between the school’s name and his troubled history.
An award should be given to the White House advance staffer who organized an event for Jill Biden with signs such as these. https://t.co/QpAMb3o7xW
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) January 19, 2024
It’s perfect https://t.co/7masMMZPLC
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) January 19, 2024
The irony does not stop there. Just days before she visited Hunter High, Jill Biden appeared on MSNBC to talk about her son’s struggles. During the interview, she defended Hunter against Republican criticism, saying, “I think what they are doing to Hunter is cruel.” Her comments now seem to have an added layer of irony given her appearance at Hunter High, surrounded by signs that unintentionally reference Hunter’s drug problems.
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) January 11, 2024
To add to the drama, Hunter Biden is currently embroiled in a legal battle over federal gun charges filed against him in October. Prosecutors allege that he lied about his drug use on a gun purchase form in October 2018. While Hunter has acknowledged his struggle with addiction, his attorneys argue that he did not break the law, and the case is ongoing.
The courtroom drama only adds to the irony of Jill Biden’s visit to Hunter High. It seems like a cruel twist of fate that she would speak at a school named after her son, just days after defending him on national television.
DEVASTATING NEWS FOR BIDEN: Investigation reveals Hunter Biden’s ties to nearly two dozen past and present White House officials – Chief of Staff, National Security Adviser and Secretary of State among those named!
Is this the smoking gun that takes down Joe Biden’s Presidency? pic.twitter.com/E4Q89PKVdH
— Conservative Brief (@ConservBrief) January 22, 2024
The situation has sparked outrage and disbelief among conservative media outlets. Mollie Hemingway from the Federalist called for an award to be given to the White House advance staffer responsible for organizing the event at Hunter High. She took to Twitter to say, “An award should be given to the White House advance staffer who organized an event for Jill Biden with signs like these.”
But William J. Smith, a strategic communications professional, took a different perspective, saying in a tweet, “Either that or they’re trolling us.” It’s hard to argue with Smith’s point, as it seems like an unlikely coincidence that such a blunder would happen in the first place.
In the end, whether it was an unfortunate mistake or an intentional jab at the First Lady and her family, the “Hunter High” signs during Jill Biden’s visit have caused quite a stir. Conservative media outlets and social media users alike have had a field day with the situation, and it’s unlikely that this incident will be forgotten anytime soon.