One of Tuesday's Hot Topics led to a spirited debate between all the cohosts, as they discussed constitutional scholar Pamela Karlan's comment involving Barron Trump during yesterday's impeachment hearings. During her testimony, Karlan made an analogy about the differences between royalty and presidents, saying, "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."
Melania Trump made a statement saying Karlan "should be ashamed" for her "very angry and obviously public pandering," as well as "using a child to do it." Abby Hunstman agreed.
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
"I might be the only one here who sees this as sick, a total low blow and stupid," she said. "I think political kids, unless they're on the front lines, I think they're off limits. I'm the only one at this table that has been a political child."
Huntsman's father, Jon Huntsman Jr., has been involved in politics for much of Abby's life, serving as an Ambassador to Russia, Singapore and China, as well as the Governor of Utah over the last 20-something years.
Abby also said Democrats making remarks like that only give Republicans "ammunition" in the press.
"I agree with you [about the remark]," said Sunny Hostin. "I thought it was so ill-advised and quite frankly dumb for a constitutional scholar during a very important hearing to make a joke about the president's son. I thought it was bad humor. It was bad timing. I didn't like it."
Both Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar clarified that it wasn't so much a joke as an analogy or pun, as Goldberg added, "Some people get it, some people didn't. You felt it was too much, I felt she was trying to make a point."
While Sunny Hostin didn't love to comments, she had a hard time with Melania's response as well, as she found it hypocritical.
"When you have the first lady tweeting out about minor children, I would like to see that same energy from the first lady perhaps talking to her husband about children in cages, about children at the border, about children being separated from their families and about children losing their food," she said.
Huntsman, however, was not a fan of that argument, saying it's only brought up by Democrats as "the defense you go to to defend what you can't defend on the Democratic side." Behar, who brought up the "cages" earlier as well, then wondered why it wasn't okay to mention -- saying, "They're still there!"
"It's horrible. I was sick through that entire period of time," Huntsman replied. "My issue is, I think it's what we teach our kids not to do. It's like, 'I got in trouble for saying this but Joy said it worse.' It doesn't really equate. When they're hitting on Barron, I'm not sure what kids in cages have to do with that woman?"
Both Sunny and Joy said it spoke to the hypocrisy of those in the White House.
"I'm with you on the kids in cages thing and how it went down, that doesn't make what [Karlan] did right," said Abby. "Two wrongs don't make a right."
Karlan later apologized, saying, "it was wrong of me to do that. I wish the President would apologize, obviously, for the things he's done that's wrong, but I do regret having said that."