A video surfaced showing a controversial law professor express what appear to be biased views she held against the president more than two years before she testified at the House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry on Dec. 4.
Stanford Law School Professor Pamela Karlan confirmed she once visited the Old Post Office Pavilion in the nation’s capitol and was not thrilled to discover it had since become the Trump International Hotel, Washington.
“I came in from the airport yesterday and I got off the bus from Dulles down at L’Enfant Plaza and I walked up to the hotel and as I was walking past what used to be the old post office building and is now Trump hotel,” Karlan told an American Constitution Society’s National Convention Plenary back in the year 2017.
The professor was so displeased to see the hotel group owned by the incumbent president that she made a conscious effort to avoid the building altogether.
“I had to cross the street, of course,” she said.
When fellow panelist Neil Siegel asked whether she stayed at the hotel, Karlan expressed strong disdain.
“God, no,” she said. “Never, never.”
The professor intended to see a statue of Benjamin Franklin that was directly outside the establishment because she recalled a historical moment when the nation’s founding forefather had finished drafting the U.S. Constitution.
“When he leaves the room and he is out on the street, and this woman comes up to him and says, ‘Well what kind of government do we have?'” Karlan said. “He says [nothing and raises his hands in the air].”
She smiled in amusement and continued “well done, well done that’s right.”
The professor recently apologized for teasing the president and first lady’s son, Barron Trump. She had joked while testifying at a public impeachment hearing that the “president can name his son Barron, he can’t make him a [real] baron.”
“I want to apologize for what I said earlier about the president’s son,” Karlan said on Capitol Hill according to Fox Business. “It was wrong of me to do that. I wish the president would apologize, obviously, for the things that he has done that’s wrong but I do regret having said that.”
The remarks drew sharp criticism from Barron’s mother Melania Trump, who said the professor should be “ashamed” of her “very angry and obviously biased public pandering and using a child to do it.”
“A minor child deserves privacy and should be kept out of politics,” the first lady said on Twitter.
Washington Post Columnist Ruth Marcus echoed the first lady’s views, describing Karlan’s attack on Barron as a “bad idea.”
“For the record, in the interests of fairness, it was a bad idea for Pam Karlan to bring in Barron Trump,” Marcus said on Twitter. “We should leave children out of these debates, period, unless they are adults and relevant in some way.”