Things got messy on the ABC talk show “The View” on Thursday as the hosts clashed over impeachment witness and Stanford Law professor Pamela Karlan’s “joke” about Barron Trump, which she made during a congressional hearing the day before.
“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 said during Wednesday’s impeachment hearing.
Fox News reported that “The View” cohost Whoopi Goldberg, who is known for her liberal views, rushed to Karlan’s defense.
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“Maybe they missed this part but she was not speaking about the child,” Goldberg said. “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.”
Goldberg went on to mock Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., for denouncing Karlan’s comments during the hearing. She also brought up First Lady Melania Trump’s statement condemning the joke.
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 Trump (@FLOTUS) December 4, 2019
“You have to have a sense of humor and a lot of these people do not have it,” Joy Behar said, seemingly referring to Republicans. “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.”
Behar then described Karlan’s comments as a pun” while Goldberg described them as a “play on words.” Conservative cohost Abby Huntsman, however, was not having any of it. She described Karlan’s remarks as “pretty sick and a low blow and stupid,” adding that Democrats are only hurting their case against Donald Trump by allowing witnesses like Karlan to make comments that dominated the news cycle.
Huntsman then said that Behar used her argument about migrant kids every time she couldn’t defend an action taken by the left.
Surprisingly, the vehemently anti-Trump cohost Sunny Hostin agreed with Huntsman, saying that Karlan’s Barron comments were “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.”
PROFESSOR INVOKES BARRON TRUMP’S NAME: First Lady Melania Trump criticized constitutional scholar Pamela Karlan for her comment about Barron Trump during yesterday’s impeachment hearings — the co-hosts weigh in on if Karlan’s comment was appropriate. https://t.co/cVclFZQmjA pic.twitter.com/nLlJYmvasU
— The View (@TheView) December 5, 2019
Karlan apologized hours after bringing up Barron’s name once she had received tons of backlash from all sides for her remarks.
“I want to apologize for what I said earlier about the president’s son. It was wrong of me to do that,” she said. “I wish the president would apologize, obviously, for the things that he’s done that’s wrong, but I do regret having said that.”
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