A liberal lawyer who made headlines during former President Donald Trump’s first impeachment trial when she joked about his then-13 year-old son Barron is reportedly joining Joe Biden’s administration.
Pamela Karlan has gone on leave from her Facebook Oversight Board position after she was tapped as principal deputy assistant attorney general in the Civil Division, according to Politico. She said in a statement that working with Facebook’s oversight board “to build a fairer and more effective approach to content moderation has been an honor.”
“Pam Karlan’s legal and civil rights expertise played an important part in shaping the Board, and we’re grateful for her contributions,” said board spokesman John Taylor. “The Trustees and Board members congratulate Pam on her new role and wish her the very best.”
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This comes after Karlan made headlines in 2019 when she joked about Barron while testifying at Trump’s first impeachment trial.
“I’ll just give you one example that shows you the difference between [Donald Trump] and a king,” Karlan said. “Which is, 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.”
"So while [@realDonaldTrump] can name his son Barron, he can't make him a 'Baron.'"
Pamela Karlan targets Barron Trump for supposedly being named after a title of nobility. She was making a comparison between a king and Trump.
There are laughs and applause from the crowd. pic.twitter.com/r7jqvevU1P
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) December 4, 2019
Then-First Lady Melania Trump immediately fired back at Karlan on Twitter, writing, “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.”
Kayleigh McEnany, Trump’s spokeswoman at the time, responded to Karlan’s joke as well.
“Only in the minds of crazed liberals is it funny to drag a 13-year-old child into the impeachment nonsense,” McEnany said in a statement, according to the New York Post. “Pamela Karlan thought she was being clever and going for laughs, but she instead reinforced for all Americans that Democrats have no boundaries when it comes to their hatred of everything related to President Trump.”
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Karlan offered an apology that was backhanded, to say the least.
“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.”