But his emails!

The “scandal” Team Trump is desperately hawking is roughly the same as in 2016 — secret emails prove that the Democratic party is a den of vipers who sell out America to enrich themselves and friends and use the tools of government, the “fake news” media and advanced technology to cover their tracks and maximize profits no matter how many people die in the process. 

Project much?  

Four years and a lifetime ago, “Crooked Hillary” was in the crosshairs for supposedly deleting 30,000 emails that would put her in prison for any number of heresies, from “Benghazigate” to multiple murders of inconvenient innocents and back to Benghazi after a brief detour to meddle in Ukraine and collect off-the-books aid from Vladimir Putin and Russian oligarchs (mobsters).

Somehow, after years of hearings and Republican-led investigations, no hard evidence of this nonsense has ever surfaced. Hillary has never been arrested, charged, convicted or sentenced — earthshaking events predicted daily by Facebook prophets and QAnon mystics who enjoy the undying trust of their audiences no matter how many times they’re proven wrong.    

Today, the Rupert Murdoch-owned New York Post published an “October Surprise” with this breathless headline: 

Smoking-gun email reveals how Hunter Biden introduced Ukrainian businessman to VP dad

After reading this “blockbuster” report, I feel more than justified in tweaking the headline: 

Smoking-gun email provided by Steve Bannon and Rudy Giuliani reveals how Hunter Biden introduced Ukrainian businessman to VP dad

See the key difference? If the involvement of Bannon — who was arrested for fraud on the $28 million yacht of a shady Chinese billionaire  — and The Zombie Remains of “America’s Mayor” isn’t suspicious enough, let’s look at the first paragraph — what ink-stained wretches like me call the “lede:”

Hunter Biden introduced his father, then-Vice President Joe Biden, to a top executive at a Ukrainian energy firm less than a year before the elder Biden pressured government officials in Ukraine into firing a prosecutor who was investigating the company, according to emails obtained by The Post.

That’s a pretty damning sentence if you haven’t been paying attention. Hunter may well have introduced some creepy Ukrainian favor-seeker to his dad, but that’s hardly scandalous, even if you set aside all the side-hustles of Trump three grifting kids. The “scandal” comes in when the writer links the introduction to the firing of a prosecutor at Joe Biden’s insistence. 

Again, sounds bad — if you slept through the impeachment of the president for actually putting the arm on Ukrainian officials and haven’t read any of the thousands of pieces of actual journalism that thoroughly debunked Trump’s talking points on Hunter Biden, as amplified by Fox “News” and Corporate Hate Radio.

TRUE: Joe Biden did pressure the Ukrainian government to fire the prosecutor. 

FALSE: The prosecutor was investigating Burisma, the company that employed Hunter. 

An army of world leaders joined Biden in demanding the dismissal of the prosecutor, who was corrupt and ineffective. The prosecutor WAS NOT INVESTIGATING BURISMA. This fact has long been widely reported and well-known by those of us paid to document this poorly crafted conspiracy theory. 

This false cause-and-effect narrative is the hub of Team Trump’s desperate attempt to turn Hunter Biden into Hillary Clinton three weeks before an election Trump is clearly losing. There’s plenty of other cryptic stuff in the Post story — damaged laptops, incriminating hard drives, sex videos and drug abuse, but no “smoking gun” as advertised. Read it for yourselves here.  

Please pay special attention to this paragraph:

Steve Bannon, former adviser to President Trump, told The Post about the existence of the hard drive in late September and Giuliani provided The Post with a copy of it on Sunday.

I know. But his emails! 

Hunter Biden is a grown man who made many bad choices but is not running for president during a global infectious disease pandemic with a cratered economy and mass racial unrest. 

Joe Biden is, and right now, he’s winning. That’s why Rudy and Bannon are back from the grave for one last gasp of “Burismania,” and why anyone paying attention sees right through it.