#1 (11/10/2021) 5 min


With the recent FBI raids on the journalists of Project Veritas, Joe Biden’s relationship with his daughter, Ashley, his only daughter, is back in the spotlight.

Notably, the FBI’s investigation has brought renewed credibility to a diary which may or may not have belonged to Ashley Biden, and which contains alleged descriptions of her being “sexualized” as a child and having “inappropriate” showers with her dad.

Project Veritas never published the diary because they couldn’t corroborate its authenticity. Other outlets have published it, including, which is where I read it. And as someone who spent six years listening to Joe describe his relationship with Ashley, Hunter, and Beau, I found the diary believable. Humiliating for Ashley and many others but believable.

But in the case of Joe, words I heard from his mouth over the course of his vice presidency combined with what I read in the FBI-pursued diary are what raise serious questions about his character and decency. To hear Joe Biden tell it, as I did, at age 13, Ashley, was “a snake in the bed”.

Not exactly presidential with that kind of language, is he? Heck, he’s barely fatherly. But that’s what he said. Several times.

I heard him use that exact phrase to describe Ashley approximately a half dozen times when I worked in the White House as his stenographer. And he continued using it after he left office.

His most recent incident, from June 2019, was reported by The Washington Examiner:

The former vice president, 76, held hands with his granddaughter, Finnegan, 19, daughter of Hunter Biden, when he described what it was like to raise a young girl. He said, When your daughter's about 12 and half years old you put this little butterfly in bed and you kiss it goodnight. Next morning you walk in and there's a snake in the bed.

Finnegan Biden, who’s traveled the world with her grandfather, “looked uncomfortable,” reported the Examiner. As well she should, that’s an ugly statement her grandfather made not only about her aunt but about adolescent girls, in general.

I have a 13-year-old daughter who has moments of being willful, stubborn, and occasionally disrespectful, but she’s my daughter, learning how to be an independent woman who can stand on her own two feet, and I love her for that. I wouldn’t dream of getting up in front of a crowd and describing her as a “snake in the bed,” especially if she wasn’t in the room. I would never demean my daughter behind her back.

A man who does is, in my opinion, despicable.

The real Joe Biden is that despicable man. And his audiences reacted accordingly. His ugly description of his daughter prompted loud gasps and nervous chuckles because his words were an affront to decent people.

Nor is that disagreeable phrase a gaffe, as some in the media pretend. No, this is a carefully constructed theme that Joe has trotted out repeatedly over the years … exact same phrase, exact same thought process. And always in front of adoring crowds, toady journalists, and enabling staffers who never call him out.

And while the D.C. media was aware of it, the only published accounts of Joe Biden’s “snake in the bed” comments viewable after a DuckDuckGo search are by conservative outlets. Here’s another one from 2013 as reported by Newsmax.

He spoke of the wonders of having granddaughters: “All you women out there: Daughters are wonderful. Granddaughters are better.” He lamented, though, that they grow up.

“When they're 12 to 14, a dad puts his beautiful little daughter to bed. And then the next morning, there's a snake in the bed,” Biden said, according to pool reporters.

Note that Newsmax based their story on White House pool reports, so D.C. journalists knew about Joe’s bizarre analogy and yet the corporate media said nothing. A couple questioning tweets was all it merited.

HuffPost reporter Jen Bendery was one of those journalists. She tweeted uncomfortably about that 2013 incident and then another one in 2015 at the Senate swearing-in ceremony. But that’s as far as Jen Bendery went. There are no articles under her byline about Joe Biden’s “snake in the bed” comments that I’ve found. I guess if the creepy old white guy insulting young girls is a Democrat, Jen is okay with that.

But I’m not okay with that because I know the real Joe Biden.

As Joe Biden’s stenographer, my job was to produce transcripts of everything Joe Biden said in public, whether the press was there or not. So I know he used the “snake in the bed” line when there were no press around. I heard it, they didn’t. And I heard it often enough to know there was intentionality to it.

And understand: The words I read in the alleged Ashley Biden diary fit the Joe Biden narrative I had personally witnessed. That’s why I found it believable.

So why does he refer to his daughter as “a snake in the bed”? What’s the point he’s making? This is a man who holds himself out as a champion of women, especially victims of domestic violence. Why then does he grievously insult not only his own adolescent daughter but all adolescent girls with a quasi-sexual image?

Beyond bizarre, it’s a deeply troubling insight into the man who was installed into the presidency through what many, including me, consider an illegal election. If you’re looking for the kind of reptilian coldness that can steal a presidential election and ruin a country, that phrase is your tell.

That’s the real Joe, a man who will do what he has to do to get what he needs. D.C. is called the swamp for a reason: There are reptiles.

Next column topic: Hey, kids, want to come up to my bedroom and see my dog?

Thanks to my association with I’ll be writing about information gleaned from the alleged Ashley Biden diary, the verified Hunter Biden laptop, and my book Joe Biden Unauthorized and the 2020 Crackup of the Democratic Party, available at

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