Republicans and Trump allies were quick to cry foul after President Trump’s youngest son, Barron Trump, was mentioned during the House Judiciary Committee’s impeachment hearing. The day’s testimonies were mainly comprised of “expert” law professors concerning the history of impeachment and what precisely constitutes an impeachable offense.
The testimony of Stanford Law professor Pamela Karlan may have received the most attention, albeit for reasons she may have not intended. During her repudiation of President Trump, Karlan announced: “Contrary to what President Trump has said, Article 2 does not give him the power to do anything he wants. 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.”
The harsh criticism of Karlan piled on soon thereafter.
“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 and like you’re attacking someone’s family, the minor child of the President of the United States,” said committee member and Florida Republican Matt Gaetz.
Representative Gaetz was not the only one to rebuke Karlan’s remarks. Even Trump campaign spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany weighed in: “Only in the minds of crazed liberals is it funny to drag a 13-year-old child into the impeachment nonsense,” and that “Democrats have no boundaries when it comes to their hatred of everything related to President Trump.” McEnany continued her criticism of Karlan by noting the apparent double standard by which Hunter Biden is treated: “Hunter Biden is supposedly off-limits according to liberals, but a 13-year-old boy is fair game. Disgusting.”
Today’s hearings follows the release of the House Intelligence Committee’s report into Trump’s alleged abuse of power regarding the withholding of military financial aid to Ukraine. Democrats maintain Trump suspended around $400 million in an effort to persuade Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate the business dealings of Joe and Hunter Biden.
H/T New York Post