The White House criticized Stanford law professor Pamela Karlan for mentioning President Trump’s son, Barron, during a Wednesday impeachment hearing, calling the remark “classless.”
Karlan – while explaining the president’s rights under Article 2 of the Constitution during the House Judiciary Committee hearing – quipped that Trump can name his son Barron, but can’t give him a noble title.
“Contrary to what President Trump has said, Article 2 does not give him the power to do anything he wants, and I’ll just give you one example that shows you the difference between him and a king, which is, 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,” she said.
This remark, which prompted laughter in the room, was met with criticism from the White House, Trump’s reelection campaign and other Republicans.
“Classless move by a Democratic ‘witness,'” tweeted White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham.
“Prof Karlan uses a teenage boy who has nothing to do with this joke of a hearing (and deserves privacy) as a punchline. And what’s worse, it’s met by laughter in the hearing room,” she added.
Classless move by a Democratic “witness”. Prof Karlan uses a teenage boy who has nothing to do with this joke of a hearing (and deserves privacy) as a punchline. And what’s worse, it’s met by laughter in the hearing room. What is being done to this country is no laughing matter.
— Stephanie Grisham (@PressSec) December 4, 2019
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) called the remark “absolutely disgraceful” while Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) tweeted that the comment was “gross and shameful.”
“Just when you thought this impeachment hoax couldn’t get any more ridiculous, the witness invited by Democrats is throwing cheap shots at the 13-year-old son of @realDonaldTrump,” Gosar wrote.
Democrats are so desperate that one of their biased witnesses is now attacking the President’s 13-year-old son.
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) December 4, 2019
Just when you thought this impeachment hoax couldn’t get anymore ridiculous, the witness invited by Democrats is throwing cheap shots at the 13 year old son of @realDonaldTrump. Gross and shameful! pic.twitter.com/ugVZfVYDR9
— Rep. Paul Gosar, DDS (@RepGosar) December 4, 2019
Trump’s reelection campaign questioned why it has been scrutinized for its criticism of Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden’s adult son Hunter Biden, but that Barron could be mentioned.
“So Hunter Biden is off-limits, but 13-year-old Barron Trump is not? This gets more unreal by the minute!” the campaign wrote.
So Hunter Biden is off limits, but 13 year old Barron Trump is not?
This gets more unreal by the minute!
— Team Trump (@TeamTrump) December 4, 2019
“Only in the minds of crazed liberals is it funny to drag a 13-year-old child into the impeachment nonsense,” Trump campaign spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany added in a statement.
“Pamela Karlan thought she was being clever and going for laughs, but she instead reinforced for all Americans that Democrats have no boundaries when it comes to their hatred of everything related to President Trump. Hunter Biden is supposedly off-limits according to liberals, but a 13-year-old boy is a fair game,” she said.
“Every Democrat in Congress should immediately repudiate Pamela Karlan and call on her to personally apologize to the President and the First Lady for mocking their son on national TV.”