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CNN Calls Out Fox's Hypocrisy Over Coverage Of Trump Verdict Versus Hunter Biden Verdict

After Hunter Biden was convicted of three felonies, CNN's Abby Phillip called out Fox's different coverage of the two verdicts with a damning 'split screen.'

Screenshot of Abby Phillip covering Donald Trump and Hunter Biden's respective verdicts
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CNN host Abby Phillip aired a supercut highlighting the contrasting reactions from Fox News to the guilty verdicts in the trials of Donald Trump and Hunter Biden.

In the damning clip, Phillip pointed out that the right-wing channel's commentators "seem to be singing a completely different tune" following Tuesday’s conviction of President Joe Biden's son on federal gun charges, the first time a sitting president’s child has been convicted of a crime.

Her words also came after Trump became the first former president to be convicted of felony crimes. A New York jury last month found him guilty on all 34 counts of falsifying business records to conceal hush money payments to porn star Stormy Daniels to illegally influence the 2016 election. His sentencing is set for July 11.

Phillip made the following observation:

"Just 12 days ago conservatives were slamming the rule of law, slamming the judge, the jury, and the verdict in Donald Trump's Manhattan trial. Some even claim the conviction was the end of the republic as we know it but tonight they seem to be singing a completely different tune."

An unwavering Phillip then presented split-screen footage of Fox News hosts' reactions to the verdict in Hunter Biden's case to illustrate the disparity.

You can hear what Phillip said in the video below.

The segment featured several Fox hosts including Jeanine Pirro, who, following Trump's May 30 verdict, declared that the outcome "goes against the ilk of who we are as Americans and our faith in the criminal justice system." Yet, she later praised the Delaware jury for "not being intimidated" by the Bidens and recognizing that the case was "clear-cut... and that no one is above the law."

Laura Ingraham was shown derisively commenting that “we all need to shop at Banana Republic from now on” in response to Trump's guilty verdict. However, she later insisted that the Bidens had evaded accountability for their “sleazy, corrupt conduct” for years, but “today, their luck ran out.”

Meanwhile, Jesse Watters demonstrated his own hypocrisy as he accused "weak lawyers and talentless political bloodhounds" of being willing to "destroy the rule of law" to prosecute Trump. Yet, he said the Biden verdict “gave me a little boost of confidence in the American legal system.”

After airing the supercut, Phillip said:

"Yes, these are two very different trials under very different circumstances. [Hunter Biden's case] was federal. Trump's was not. The crimes and the evidence are all completely different but you can't claim the justice system is dead because of a single conviction while also praising it for another."
"You can't claim President Biden is weaponizing the Justice Department to go after his enemies when that same department just convicted his own son. But in a world of MAGA perhaps you can. Prominent conservatives are trading baseless conspiracies for another."
"Now they're claiming that Hunter Biden's trial was a sham to give cover to Biden."

After listing several prominent conservatives—including Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk and biotech entrepreneur and former 2024 GOP candidate Vivek Ramaswamy—who have suggested Hunter Biden's conviction is a "distraction" from the misdeeds of the "Biden Crime Family," Phillip proceeded to shut down their line of reasoning.

She concluded:

Now remember, this is the same Biden who conservatives claim can't walk, can't talk, or think on his own. But just so we're clear, Biden has no power over a state-level prosecution. But the same federal government that he actually runs just prosecuted his own son."
"The system we're supposed to believe is rigged? That just makes no sense."

Many echoed Phillip's criticisms of the GOP's hypocrisy.



The President earlier told the press he accepts his son's guilty verdict, affirming his respect for "the judicial process as Hunter considers an appeal," a far cry from Trump's claim that his own conviction was a "rigged trial."

He said he and his wife, First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, "love our son, and we are so proud of the man he is today."

He added:

"So many families who have had loved ones battle addiction understand the feeling of pride seeing someone you love come out the other side and be so strong and resilient in recovery."

Notably, mere hours after his son's conviction, Biden delivered previously scheduled remarks at Everytown for Gun Safety's annual conference to showcase his administration's commitment to addressing the nationwide epidemic of gun violence.