The smoking pun: how an impeachment witness's joke laid bare America's divide

Pamela Karlan’s reference to Trump’s son Barron offered Republicans a chance to claim righteous outrage

Finally, a smoking pun. A simple play on words told us everything about the impeachment inquiry, the current mindset in Congress and the state of the nation.

The witness Pamela Karlan cracked a joke that delighted liberals and infuriated conservatives. Or rather, it delighted conservatives because it gave them a talking point to whip up outrage.

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