pamela karlan barron trump


Republicans are still angry over a Barron Trump impeachment joke

It wasn't offensive. Yet it sparked an outrage cycle from prominent conservatives on social media.


David Covucci


Posted on Dec 5, 2019   Updated on May 19, 2021, 9:14 pm CDT

The biggest Republican outrage out of Wednesday’s House Judiciary Committee hearing, where three witnesses called President Donald Trump’s actions egregious and impeachable, was a dad joke about the president’s child.

At yesterday’s hearing, Stanford Law professor Pamela Karlan, while talking about how the Constitution did not allow the president to grant titles of nobility, said that while Trump could name is kid Barron, he couldn’t make him a Baron.

Get it? Barron, Baron (Baron was a title of honor that kings in Europe could grant, which was the kind of monarchical system America rebelled against, which, whatever, it was a dad joke, it wasn’t that good.)

The mere mentioning of Barron’s name in a hearing—which could be construed as unnecessarily mentioning him but was in no was dragging him—sparked a vitriolic response from many prominent Republicans.

Melania Trump and White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham kickstarted the outrage.

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), Trump’s staunchest defender, said it made her look “mean.”

And while Karlan apologized for cracking the joke, it wasn’t enough.

On Twitter, though, many weren’t buying the outrage over the comments, as both #FakeOutrage, and #BeBestMyAss, a shot at Melania Trump’s anti-bullying initiative, trended.

Regardless of the minor kerfuffle over the president’s son, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced this morning that she would proceed with articles of impeachment against Trump.


Share this article
*First Published: Dec 5, 2019, 9:12 am CST