Hunter Biden’s newfound career of selling overvalued pieces of his artwork to anonymous buyers got off to a rocky start over the weekend.
According to the Washington Examiner, on Friday a vandal was able to access the George Burgess Art Gallery in the SoHo neighborhood of New York City, where Hunter Biden’s artwork is currently displayed. The man was able to spray paint the word “Daddy” on one of the gallery’s art pieces before police apprehended him.
According to a statement obtained from NYPD by the Examiner, the vandal, 47-year-old Rodrick Webber, not only became physically violent with a gallery employee who had originally approached him and ordered him to stop, but he also damaged a painting valued at $14,500.
Though it’s unclear at the time of this writing, law enforcement officials believe the man was targeting Hunter Biden’s art, though it was reported that Webber wasn’t able to damage any of his pieces in the attack.
Webber reportedly said during his arraignment in a Manhattan criminal court over the weekend that he was attempting to spraypaint a specific phrase. “I was trying to paint the phrase, ‘Daddy is a war criminal,'” Webber said.
Hunter Biden’s switch to selling art, which in some cases will sell for upward of $500,000, has come under intense scrutiny from both sides of the political aisle.
Many believe that the president’s son is simply capitalizing on his father’s position of power, as he’s likely done in the past in other business dealings, and has opened up the possibility for anonymous, bad actors who might pay the exorbitant prices for his art in order to gain favor with the Biden family.
“Because we don’t know who is paying for this art and we don’t know for sure that [Hunter Biden] knows, we have no way of monitoring whether people are buying access to the White House. … What these people are paying for is Hunter Biden’s last name,” said former Obama-era ethics chief Walter Schaub.
The White House was pressed on Hunter Biden’s potentially lucrative, new hobby, and promised that the Biden administration is holding itself to “the highest ethical standards” with regard to the process of how Hunter Biden’s artwork will be sold.