Mary Trump’s 4-Word Response to Post About Biden Family ‘Criminal’ History

Former President Donald Trump’s estranged niece, Mary Trump, gave a four-word response on Sunday to a post by Jonathan Turley, an attorney and legal analyst, on the “criminal history” of President Joe Biden’s great-great-grandfather.

Historian David J. Gerleman, recently discovered through documents at the National Archives in Washington, D.C., that Biden’s great-great-grandfather Moses J. Robinette had been charged of attempted murder, among other charges, but was later pardoned by then-President Abraham Lincoln.

Turley, a professor at the George Washington University Law School and vocal critic of the Biden family, promoted his new opinion piece published by The Hill in a post on X, formerly Twitter, on Saturday, writing: “The Hill is out with my column in a recent discovery of the criminal history of the great-great-grandfather of Joe Biden. It turns out that the evasion of accountability may be something of a family trait acquired through generations of natural selection.”

There was a “readers added context” note below Turley’s comment written by an anonymous X user that read: “There is no evidence of an increased genetic predilection for illegal behaviour. This is a field much-studied, and directly contradicts the assertion Turley attempts to argue.”

Mary Trump, who has been a vocal critic of her uncle, replied to Turley’s post on Sunday: “Now do my family.”

Trump, who is the GOP frontrunner in the 2024 presidential election, has been criminally indicted four times, stemming from allegations of attempting to overturn the 2020 election results, taking classified documents and then obstructing the government from retrieving them, and covering up hush money payments to adult film actress Stormy Daniels.

The former president has plead not guilty to all charges and has claimed that the cases against him are politically motivated.

Turley confirmed to Newsweek via email on Sunday that his comment on X should not be taken literally, writing: “It takes an utter lack of sense of humor to interpret this as a literal suggestion of a genetic preposition toward crime. However, humor like reason are strangers in an age of rage. The column was drawing ironic not genetic comparisons to the current allegations.”

Joe and Hunter Biden are seen on April 12, 2016, in Washington, D.C. Former President Donald Trump’s estranged niece, Mary Trump, gave a four-word response on Sunday to a post by legal analyst Jonathan Turley…

Teresa Kroeger/Getty Images for World Food Program USA

In Turley’s op-ed, which is titled, “Before Joe, James and Hunter, there was Great-Great-Grandpa Moses,” he reiterates Gerleman’s findings. Robinette got into a brawl with fellow Union Army civilian employee John J. Alexander in March 1864. Robinette cut Alexander several times with a pocketknife and later claimed that he drew a knife on Alexander in self-defense, but military judges found him guilty on all counts, except attempted murder.

Robinette was sentenced to two years of hard labor, but while incarcerated, three Army officers who knew Robinette petitioned Lincoln to pardon him, a request that was endorsed by then-newly elected West Virginia Senator Waitman T. Willey and then granted by Lincoln.

Turley wrote in reaction to the resurfaced story of Robinette: “Whatever the true merits, it showed the importance of having friends in high places. Or, as the president once put it more bluntly, ‘No one f***s with a Biden.’ It is family scripture that runs from Moses to James to Joseph.”

The legal analyst added: “After generations, the Bidens are still showing the same nimble qualities of great-great-granddad Moses. Indeed, they could replace the legend on their family crest with Manus manum lavat, ‘one hand washes the other.'”

Newsweek reached out to Trump’s and Biden’s campaigns via email for comment. It also reached out to Mary Trump via Facebook direct message for comment.

House Republicans have launched an impeachment inquiry into Biden’s alleged involvement in his son Hunter’s foreign business dealings. The president has been accused of benefiting from his son’s dealings, meanwhile the White House has repeatedly denied that the president had any involvement in such dealings.

Last week, Alexander Smirnov, an ex-FBI informant who was crucial in the Biden impeachment probe, was charged with making false statements and manufacturing false records concerning the Biden family’s business dealings in Ukraine.

This has thrown a wrench into the House Republicans’ investigation with Representative Jamie Raskin, a Maryland Democrat who is a ranking member on the House Oversight committee that is leading the impeachment probe, saying that the inquiry has “essentially ended.”

Meanwhile, Representative Jim Jordan, an Ohio Republican who chairs the House Judiciary committee, which has worked with the Oversight committee in the probe, has said that Smirnov’s indictment doesn’t change the fundamental facts driving Biden’s impeachment inquiry.

Hunter Biden, meanwhile, is currently facing three federal gun charges, all of which he has pleaded not guilty to. The charges relate to his lying about his drug use on a federal form to purchase a handgun in October 2018. He is also facing tax charges from the Department of Justice (DOJ) in a case that alleges that he evaded at least $1.4 million in federal taxes between 2016 and 2019. He has pleaded not guilty to all of these charges as well.