Hunter Biden Interview Goes South As Host Reveals His ‘Hands Were Tied’ From Asking Political Questions
An interview with Hunter Biden on a Twitter Spaces live broadcast devolved into chaos after he seemed to disconnect from the line, prompting the host to launch into a rant about his hands being “tied” on what he was allowed to ask the president’s son.
Hunter Biden was making an appearance on “The Crypto Roundtable Show” with host Mario Nawfal on Tuesday. Normally, the host reserves Tuesday to discuss topics related to NFTs and cryptocurrency.
However, Biden had very little commentary to offer on either topic, opting instead to discuss his drug recovery and how painting around the clock has helped him stay sober.
Biden appeared on the show alongside “Tron” producer Donald Kushner, who promoted his new Web3-inspired Cryptosaurs NFT collection.
At the end of the interview, as Nawfal was thanking both men for appearing on the show, they suddenly disconnected without saying another word. Nawfal viewed it as a slight, launching into a rant about how his “hands were tied” on what he could ask Biden.
“They just jumped off now,” he said. “So, that gives you an idea of how – behind the scenes, that was tough. … There was a lot of requirements we had to meet. F— that was so stressful. That was so f—ing stressful, man.”
“There’s a lot of stories that I wasn’t aware of that kind of made this significantly more tricky and delicate,” he continued.
“Usually, I’m very open, I ask questions, I debate,” he added. “It’s like a free mic, anyone could ask any questions. We always let debates happen. But this is the first time where we, like, kind of f—ing hands tied: ‘These are the questions you ask. You can’t ask any other questions.’ And, bro, it was difficult.”
Nawfal promised to no longer accept guests who had limited access to questions.
“My fault was to accept any guests, I don’t care if it’s a president next time, any guests that comes on, that’s my rule moving forward as of today,” he said. “Any guest that comes on from now on has to be ready to be able to answer any f—ing question we want to ask – no pre-packed questions.”
It was then that a producer jumped in to say that he was “getting messages that they didn’t leave” and that an apparent glitch had caused problems with the call.
Mike Bonhoeffer, Kushner’s partner on Cryptosaurs, then called in, slamming the host for jumping to conclusions.
“I have not heard anybody thrown under the bus that way because of a glitch on your system that knocked Donald and Hunter off the network go so quickly dark and put the blame on somebody that had no control over what happened and quickly construct a narrative,” Bonhoeffer said. “This is part of the bull—- that goes on. You build a narrative that had no basis in truth.”
“Hunter is somebody who does not want to talk about politics because he’s not a politician, he’s an artist,” he continued. “And we took a look at the stream of vitriol that came when you put the promo up on your Twitter feed, and it was thousands of people s—-talking Hunter Biden. So, we had to put constraints on this.”
Nawfal acknowledged that he had jumped to conclusions about the calls dropping, right before further technical difficulties caused producers to reset the show. When he returned, Nawfal insisted that the frequency of glitches was highly “unusual” and reiterated his position that he will no longer agree to preapproved questions or topics.