By Maureen Mackey | December 4, 2019
It was out of line.
It never should have happened.
She should have known better.
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Law professor Pamela Karlan — one of the four legal scholars called before the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday as part of its impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump — revealed her bias and her emotion by mentioning in an out-of-the-blue statement the president’s youngest son, Barron Trump, during her testimony.
Here’s what she said during the live televised hearings — a comment that swiftly drew strong rebuke from many corners.
“Contrary to what President Trump has said, Article 2 [of the Constitution] does not give him the power to do anything he wants,” said Karlan, a professor at Stanford Law School. “The Constitution says there can be no titles of nobility. So while the president can name his son Barron, he can’t make him a baron.”
The ill-advised wisecrack — bubbling with emotion, oddly — immediately drew strong condemnation, including from first lady Melania Trump herself, who accompanied her husband to the NATO meetings and other events across the Atlantic this week in London.
Here’s what Mrs. Trump — the protective and doting mom of 13-year-old son Barron Trump — said on Twitter about Karlan’s comments.
A minor child deserves privacy and should be kept out of politics. Pamela Karlan, you should be ashamed of your very angry and obviously biased public pandering, and using a child to do it.
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) December 4, 2019
Karlan did later in the hearing offer an apology for her comments — while at the same time going after President Trump and asking him, too, to “apologize” for various things he’s done.
Said Karlan in the late afternoon, toward the end of the hearings — after she received harsh backlash, “I want to apologize for what I said earlier about the president’s son. It was wrong of me to do that. I wish the president would apologize, obviously, for the things that he’s done that’s wrong — but I do regret having said that,” she said.
Others also strongly rebuked Karlan — who openly admitted to having donated to Hillary Clinton in the past — for her comments.
“She [Pamela Karlan] thought this [comment] was cute and funny, [but] it was disgusting,” said Pam Bondi, former attorney general for Florida and now a White House adviser, on Fox News’ “The Story with Martha MacCallum” on Wednesday evening.
Melania Trump has spent much of her tenure as first lady on her Be Best program, a set of initiatives aimed at America’s young people and children and focused on three main points: well-being, fighting opioid abuse, and positivity on social media.
Check out these comments and tweets about what happened.
"So while [@realDonaldTrump] can name his son Barron, he can't make him a 'Baron.'"
Pamela Karlan targets Barron Trump for supposedly being named after a title of nobility. She was making a comparison between a king and Trump.
There are laughs and applause from the crowd. pic.twitter.com/r7jqvevU1P
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) December 4, 2019
First Lady Melania Trump posts a rare critical tweet in ripping impeachment witness Pamela Karlan for broaching her 13-year-old son during today's hearings. https://t.co/5dXdS5l2vn
— Joe Concha (@JoeConchaTV) December 4, 2019
‘You should be ashamed’: Melania Trump calls out Pamela Karlan for bringing Barron into her testimony https://t.co/gOuyOc7hmt
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) December 4, 2019
Melania Trump Goes Off on Pamela Karlan: 'You Should Be Ashamed' Over 'Very Angry' Hearing Joke Referencing Barron https://t.co/WrgobyOljY
— Mediaite (@Mediaite) December 4, 2019
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