Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) became infuriated during Wednesday’s impeachment hearings and attacked Professor Pamela S. Karlan for her political donations and for her comparison of corruption and nepotism.
Gaetz began by asking questions regarding Karlan’s donations to presidential candidates. The Republican lawmaker asked Karlan why she was giving less money this year than in 2016. It’s unknown why he thinks the question matters, but Karlan answered she was giving more to charities that care for poor people than candidates.
He then cited a podcast, which reported on a panel discussion Karlan appeared on.
“Do you remember saying the following, ‘liberals tend to cluster more. Conservatives, very conservative people, tend to spread out more. Perhaps because they don’t even want to be around themselves.’ Did you say that?” Gaetz asked.
“Yes, I did,” she replied.
“Do you understand how that reflects contempt on people who are conservative?” he asked.
“No. What I was talking about there was the natural tendency, if you put the quote in context, the natural tendency of a compactness requirement to favor a party whose voters are more spread out,” she said. “And I do not have contempt for conservatives and I do not –”
Gaetz then interrupted the professor, telling her she didn’t have time to answer his questions.
“When you say how liberals want to be around each other in cluster and conservatives have to spread out, you may not see this from like the ivory towers of your law school but it makes actual people in this country –”
Karlan interjected, “When the president calls –”
Gaetz then lashed out at her, “You don’t get to interrupt me on this time! And when you suggest that you invoke the president’s son’s name here and try to make a joke at referencing Barron Trump that does not lend credibility to your argument, it makes you look mean and attacking someone’s family.”
Take a look at the exchange in the video clip below: