Stanford Law School Pamela Karlan struck a nerve with the public when she made a criticism about Donald Trump at the expense of his 13-year-old son, Barron, during this week’s impeachment hearings.
“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.
Barron’s mother, First Lady Ivanka Trump, condemned the comment in a tweet. “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,” she wrote.
The panel of “The View” took on the topic of whether or not the comment was justified.
“Maybe they missed this part but she was not speaking about the child,” Whoopi Goldberg started off by saying. “She was speaking about his name and how it played into what he could not do. He cannot take a title. She was not being disrespectful or nasty.”
“You have to have a sense of humor and a lot of these people do not have it,” Joy Behar added. “But why aren’t they concerned about the 70,000 children being held at the border? They’re worried about this one child — who … he deserves respect and love and affection. He’s a lovely kid as far as I can tell.”
Other panelist did take issue with the comment. “I might be the only one here that sees this as a pretty sick, and stupid, and a total low blow,” said Abby Huntsman. “You could also read the joke as ‘barren.’ …I think political kids, unless they’re out on the front lines, they’re off limits.”
“I thought that it was so ill-advised and quite frankly, just dumb for a constitutional scholar during a very important hearing — an impeachment hearing — to make a joke about the president’s son,” Sunny Hostin said.
Karlen later apologized for the comment, but added that she wished the President would do the same for the wrongs he’s done.