Sunday, December 08, 2019

Melania Trump savages academic who joked about son Barron's name at impeachment hearings

US First Lady Melania Trump on Wednesday publicly rebuked a scholar who used her 13-year-old son's name to make a point during a hearing as part of the impeachment inquiry into the president.

Constitutional law professor Pamela Karlan invoked Barron Trump, the son of Donald and Melania Trump, to demonstrate how the Constitution imposes distinctions between a monarch's power and that of a president.

"The constitution says there can be no titles of nobility," Professor Karlan told lawmakers during the House Judiciary Committee's first hearing on impeachment, which featured four constitutional scholars.

"So while the president can name his son 'Barron,' he can't make him a baron."

The pun led to chuckles in the congressional hearing room, but Melania Trump made clear it was no laughing matter. "A minor child deserves privacy and should be kept out of politics," the First Lady tweeted shortly afterwards. "Pamela Karlan, you should be ashamed of your very angry and obviously biased public pandering, and using a child to do it."

President Trump retweeted his wife's message to his 67 million followers.

As the row snowballed, Professor Karlan quickly tried to stem the damage by expressing her regret. "I want to apologize for what I said earlier about the president's son," she told the panel. "It was wrong of me to do that," she said, before adding that she also wished "the President would apologize, obviously, for the things that he's done that's wrong."

For years, members of both political parties have agreed that the minor children of US politicians, particularly presidents, are off limits.



Anonymous said...

I am a supporter of Trump, but the pun sounds innocent to me.

ScienceABC123 said...

It wasn't an apology, it was deflection.

Bird of Paradise said...

Q. How many liberals dose it take to screw in a light bulb? A. None they prefer to continue to live in the dark