Melania Trump lashes out at Stanford professor for dragging son Barron's name in impeachment hearing
Pamela Karlan, known to be a Democratic sympathizer, apologized soon after the FLOTUS posted her angry tweet but did not give up on her strong stand against Donald Trump
First Lady Melania Trump is not usually the one who opens up in public. She has so far maintained a distinct character of her own, even if it is silently.
However, on Wednesday, December 4, the 49-year-old chose to drop her calm and composed persona and lashed out at constitutional scholar Pamela Karlan for coming up with her minor son Barron's name during the House Judiciary Committee’s impeachment hearing against her husband President Donald Trump.
"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 said in a tweet.
Karlan, a law professor from Stanford University, was called by the Democrats as a witness. She was asked to describe the differences between the American president and a king and it was then when she came up with the name of Barron, their teenage son.
"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," Karlan told lawmakers.
This was enough to invite the wrath of the possessive mother in Melania who did not even wait to touch American shores while returning from the NATO summit in London with the president. She shot her furious tweet from Air Force One.
The controversy erupted towards the end of the long first hearing of the committee that continued for almost nine hours.
The Democrats, who have launched an impeachment inquiry against Trump over allegations that he tried to influence Ukraine to investigate his domestic opponent Joe Biden, wanted to have an outlining of the constitutional basis for impeaching the president by legal experts.
Karlan’s analogy between "Barron" and "baron" saw the episode turning into a bitter one and after the FLOTUS' outburst, the professor apologized.
"I want to apologize for what I said earlier about the president's son", she said but did not lower her guard against the accused president. "I wish the President would apologize, obviously, for the things he's done that's wrong but I do regret having said that," Karlan said.
Donald Trump Junior, the president's eldest son from his first wife Ivana, also blasted Karlan. Responding to Melania's tweet, he mocked Karlan's statement to say that "only children of Liberals (even 50-year-old children) are off-limits".
Trump Jr, who recently released his book 'Triggered' in which he ripped into the left, said when "a 13-year-old becomes a tool for partisan hacks on a national platform", it shows all one "needs to know about the new left and who is running the ship".
White House slams Karlan episode
His words were likely directed at Hunter Biden, the 49-year-old son of Joe who has come under the scanner along with his father for his business connections in Ukraine.
Melanie, however, was not the first one to react to Karlan.
Before her tweet came, the White House's Twitter account slammed Karlan saying in a post: "Democrats are calling as witnesses the kind of people who would name the minor child of the President as a punchline in a committee hearing."
The tweet also featured a video of Florida Republican Representative Matt Gaetz who attacked Karlan during the hearing.
Karlan targeted for donating $2,000 to Hillary Clinton in 2016
"Let me also suggest that when you invoke the president's son's name here, when you try to make a little joke out of referencing Barron Trump, that does not lend credibility to your argument, it makes you look mean."
"It makes you look like you're attacking someone's family — the minor child of the president of the United State's family,” he said, apart from targeting Karlan for donating $2,000 to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election.
Karlan has even admitted that she had once crossed a street in Washington DC to avoid directly walking past the Trump International Hotel.