The professor later apologized after realizing her comments were inappropriate, but Melania didn’t take kindly to her son being mentioned to make a point!
Melania Trump, 49, is a fiercely protective mama! The First Lady took to Twitter to defend her 13-year-old son Barron Trump after Stanford Law Professor Pamela Karlan named the teen at impeachment hearings on Wednesday, Dec. 4. “The Constitution states that there can be no titles of nobility,” Pamela stated, in an attempt to compare Trump’s presidency to the past power of royalty and Kings. “So while the president can name his son Barron, he can’t MAKE him a baron,” she added. Historically, the term baron has been used to refer to a member of British nobility, with title-holders often referred to as “Lord.”
Melania didn’t take kindly to Barron being used to make a point and — just as Donald would — took to Twitter to express her opinion! “A minor child deserves privacy and should be kept out of politics,” the First Lady tweeted on Dec. 4. “Pamela Karlan, you should be ashamed of your very angry and obviously biased public pandering, and using a child to do it.” At only 13, Barron is referred to as the First Son and resides at the White House with his parents, but he yields no political power or influence on his 73-year-old dad’s presidency. Pamela — who works as a Constitutional Law Professor — later realized her comment was inappropriate, and issued an apology. “I want to apologize for what I said earlier about the President’s son, it was wrong of me to do that,” she clarified. “I wish the President would apologize, obviously, for the things he’s done that’s wrong, but I do regret having said that.”
Though Melania was obviously coming from a good place, some fans were critical of her fiery tweet. “She mentioned his name. Do you really think mentioning a name is horrible? This whole administration is so keen on playing the victim constantly, and you are one of the worst ones,” user @cnmnrol posted. “There is nothing wrong with what was said. now the trumps are getting sensitive?!?!?,” @bleahg1 added, while @RicoSuaveJD labelled Melania’s response as “faux outrage.”
CORRECTION: ‘While the president can name his son Barron, he can’t make him a baron’: Prof. Karlan uses the Trump family to outline the Constitution’s rule that there can’t be titles of nobility. (We are deleting an earlier tweet that misspelled Barron Trump’s name.) pic.twitter.com/ZLrxcbxUhk
— Reuters (@Reuters) December 4, 2019
Others were also quick to point that out that Pamela didn’t mock Barron, but Donald did mock 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg and never apologized. Sharing video of Greta’s impassioned speech about climate change, Trump sarcastically added “She seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see!” he tweeted, also adding that the teen — who has Asperger syndrome — appeared to be “acting.”
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
“This is a tweet about your husband insulting Greta Thunberg, right?” @travisakers wrote, referencing Melania’s tweet, adding “As a mother, perhaps you should speak with your husband about minor children.” User @CeCeA_ also chimed in, adding”Melania was also mute when her husband made fun of Greta Thunberg.” For the record, Donald never apologized to the inspiring teen, bringing into question Melania’s argument that children are off-limits.
“Pamela Karla did not mock Barron Trump or his name. She used his name as an example of the limits of a president’s power,” @sdkstl shared, comparing the two scenarios. “Barron Trump reference by Pamela Karlan was a play on his name, it wasn’t mean, didn’t mock him…” @JerryDMayer agreed. Melania’s tweet also brought to light the controversy of the Trump administration keeping migrant children in filthy cages separated from their parents. “Couldn’t agree more! Minor children should also not be separated from their parents and locked in cages,” @Desiree22486548
sarcastically responded to FLOTUS’ tweet.
“You are a hypocrite for using your child as a political pawn in your demented husband’s desperate attempt to distract from the reality of impeachment…,” @NYKathleen added, as @chunk555888 echoed the sentiment, writing “Melanie showing she’s a hypocrite, just like @realDonaldTrump ! It runs in the family!”
So Melania, when do you fess up about working illegally when you arrived in MY country?
You are a hypocrite for using your child as a political pawn in your demented husband's desperate attempt to distract from the reality of impeachment…
— Kathleen B (@NYKathleen) December 5, 2019
Though some laughs could be heard in the room, Pamela’s controversial comment was slammed by others at the inquiry. “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,” Rep. Matt Gaetz, a Florida Republican, stated to Pamela directly. “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 States.”
Barron isn’t often seen in public, however, he was recently spotted towering over his 6’3″ dad and 5’11” mom as the family arrived back from the luxe Mar-a-Lago home in Florida on Thanksgiving weekend as well as showing off his new pompadour hair style while on a walk with his parents.