We really thought there was no way that Jerry Nadler and the Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee could do any worse than their buddies over in the Intelligence Committee, so we were surprised and skeptical when the first day of hearings involved a bunch of legal/constitutional professors, called in to pontificate on whether or not what Trump did was worthy of impeachment. Um, shouldn’t you guys focus on actually proving that he did anything first? Oh, right, you think you already did that. The majority of the public disagrees, but we digress.
Anyway, none of these first-day witnesses were more embarrassing than Stanford Law School professor Pamela Karlan, who wore her disgust with President Trump on her sleeve. We’re supposed to believe this woman is giving us her unfiltered, unbiased view of the law? What possible purpose does this nonsense serve?
Karlan’s worst moment, by far, was when she made this joke: “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.”
This would have been a tasteless joke even if it were relevant to the proceedings, but as far as we know, President Trump has made no effort to bestow titles of nobility on anyone, much less his family. Karlan’s remark drew condemnation from White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham, who said that it showed just how biased the professor was against the president.
“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,” Grisham tweeted. “And what’s worse, it’s met by laughter in the hearing room. What is being done to this country is no laughing matter.”
First Lady Melania Trump was also not laughing.
“A minor child deserves privacy and should be kept out of politics,” Melania tweeted. “Pamela Karlan, you should be ashamed of your very angry and obviously biased public pandering, and using a child to do it.”
Later in the hearing, Karlan apologized…sort of.
“I want to apologize for what I said earlier about the president’s son,” Karlan said. “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.”
It emerged Thursday that Karlan didn’t start making anti-Trump statements when she appeared before Congress. Indeed, two years ago she told the American Constitution Society about this cringeworthy moment: “I came in from the airport yesterday and I got off the bus from Dulles down at L’Enfant Plaza and I walked up to the hotel and as I was walking past what used to be the old post office building and is now Trump hotel. I had to cross the street, of course.”
Democrats would have been wise to leave her on the other side of the street.