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Melania Trump says impeachment witness should be 'ashamed' for referencing son Barron

First lady Melania Trump on Wednesday accused an impeachment hearing witness of being "very angry" and "obviously biased," after she mentioned Trump's son Barron during her testimony.

While appearing before the House Judiciary Committee, Stanford University Prof. Pamela Karlan was asked by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) how Trump's conduct as president was different from a king's behavior. Karlan responded, "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."

Republicans jumped on Karlan for mentioning Barron, 13, and the first lady tweeted, "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." After making her comment, Karlan expressed remorse for saying Barron's name. "I want to apologize for what I said earlier about the president's son," she said. "It was wrong of me to do that. I wish the president would apologize, obviously, for the things that he's done that's wrong, but I do regret having said that."

The first lady's Be Best campaign aims to end bullying, but critics say she doesn't always walk the walk or call out those close to her — she famously wore a jacket that read "I REALLY DON'T CARE, DO U" to a facility holding detained immigrant children and President Trump on average insults at least five people a day.