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Fox News Accidentally Lets Anti-ICE Democrat Speak to President Trump

Fox News hosts thought they were speaking with Ann Kirkpatrick. They were mistaken.

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|||Screenshot via YouTube/Barbara L'Italien
Screenshot via YouTube/Barbara L'Italien

A scheduling mix-up caused a pro–Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) segment on Fox & Friends to be anything but.

This morning, the show's hosts introduced congressional candidate and former Arizona Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, a Democrat whose outspoken support for ICE has put her at odds with many in her party. After introducing the former congresswoman, hosts were surprised to hear a voice reply, "Good morning, I'm actually here to speak directly to Donald Trump."

The voice belonged not to Kirkpatrick, but to Barbara L'Italien, a Massachussetts state senator and a Democratic candidate for Congress. As L'Italien continued her statements, it quickly became clear that she would not be delivering a message in favor of ICE.

"I feel that what's happening at the border is wrong. I'm a mother of four and I believe that separating kids from their parents is illegal and inhumane," she said of the Trump administration's child separation policy. She then introduced herself by name.

Host Jillian Mele disagreed, saying that the children were already reunited with their families. While Mele's premise is partly correct, the administration has only reunited a some of the separated families and previously missed a deadline set by a judge.

Host Rob Schmitt asked for L'Italien's identity as she said her name once again. Her screen then disappeared, cutting the interview short.

Following the appearance, L'Italien tweeted and read the full statement she'd hope to give on air. She later explained that she made it to the interview after Fox News mistakenly reached out to her campaign staffers, believing them to be Kirkpatrick's staffers.

"Over the process of getting the interview scheduled, they repeatedly showed very little grasp on the facts, down to whether or not Ann Kirkpatrick was still in Congress," a source in L'Italien's campaign told ThinkProgress. "Fox News is where you go when you want to talk to Donald Trump, and Barbara felt she had an obligation to her constituents to take advantage of that opportunity. But this would not have happened to an actual news station. Fox's lack of attention to the facts normally is a disaster for the country. It just so happened that today it was embarrassing for them."

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  1. And then she played some Rick Astley.

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    2. You might say she is never gonna give up her commitment to open borders.

        1. Funny stuff. (And educational.) But no one is clicking on the fucking link damn it! Pearls to swine.

    3. Rick Astley should be an exception to the 1st Amendment.

      1. I would have went with example of the 2nd, but yeah… let’s go with your version.

        1. You think Rickrolling should be protected by the 2nd Amendment?

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  2. Sounds pretty “fair and balanced.” We certainly know how Fox leans but I’ve heard more counter-Trump/Counter-GOP spokespeople on Fox than I ever have on CNN, MSNBC.

    1. That is a ludicrous statement. I have to turn off MSNBC and go elsewhere just to make sure it’s not all ratings hysteria and Trump really is that bad. (He is.)

      1. Admit it, Tony, Rachel Madow gets you half-chubbed.

        1. Too femme.

  3. And people say Fox isn’t fair and balanced.

    1. But they are!

      Unwittingly, that is very lacking in wits, but still, balanced!

  4. A scheduling mix-up caused a pro?Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) segment on Fox & Friends to be anything but.

    *Nelson laugh*

    I believe that separating kids from their parents is illegal and inhumane

    So what you are saying is that you want children to be put in jail with their criminal parents.

    1. It’s what we do with lobsters!

    2. Re: Statist scum,

      — So what you are saying is that you want children to be put in jail with their criminal parents. —

      Undocumented immigrants are not criminals.

      1. Except for the breaking of the law part.

      2. Undocumented immigrants

        You misspelled “illegal aliens”. And if you do not enter the US through a legal port of entry you are, by definition, a criminal.

  5. Anti-ice, is that like pro-water?

    1. *groan*

      1. Steam, man! Steam!

        1. If you insist. Since nobody seems to have clicked on my link at the top of the thread *sigh*.

    2. Sarcasmic, 2018 Dad Joke Champion of H&R.

  6. ‘Scheduling mixup’ or ‘never Trumper thought it would be funny’? You decide!

    1. You are now entering the no-win zone!

      (also known as “political debate”)

      1. If you know the hiiiighway to the no-Hihn zone, no-Hihn zone, please let us know.

        1. I haven’t seen any posts from it lately, so maybe the daemon crashed and hasn’t been restarted?

  7. *Eeyore voice* Everything’s ruined now.

  8. Sorry, but Fox and Friends is not a news segment, it’s an opinion segment. It’s sad that so many people on both sides can’t tell the difference, but berating the show as not being actual news is off base.

    Granted, Fox News loves to deliberately blur that line, but it’s clear to any with some brain cells that Fox and Friends is designed to be opinion and discussion, not the reporting of news.

    1. I thought it was mostly about the crotch-level camera angle.

      Trumptards love them some Doocy bulge.

  9. I’m not sure how putting anti-ICE Democrats on national TV is anything but a boon for the GOP.

  10. Accidently speak to Trump?

    What the hell? Trump wasn’t there, how did they ‘accidently’ do anything/

    She spoke on a morning chat show–until she was cut off because she wasn’t the actual guest.

    1. She’s speaking truth to power, man!

    2. “She spoke on a morning chat show–until she was cut off because she wasn’t the actual guest.”

      Irrelevant!
      The story is ‘Trump is a big poppyhead!!!!’.

    3. After introducing the former congresswoman, hosts were surprised to hear a voice reply, “Good morning, I’m actually here to speak directly to Donald Trump.”

      Sometimes it helps to read the article.

      1. So “speak to Trump” in the same sense as being reply #543 to one of his tweets.

        1. Or to watch the TV show that Trump regularly watches. They are more his advisors than his cabinet.

    4. More like “talk at Trump.” He apparently watches Fox and Friends, so the idea is that the platform gave her the opportunity to have her words reach him.
      That is still amusing if they didn’t realize who they were bringing on.

  11. This is the dumbest debate ever. If you want open borders and want the law changed, fine. Your problem is with the law not with ICE. If you don’t want the law changed, then there is no point in getting rid of ICE since the law would presumably just be enforced by some other agency like CBP or some new agency Congress created in its place. The Democrats have become so retarded they can’t even make sensible arguments anymore. They used to be wrong but at least you could understand their point. Not so now.

    1. I want the TSA and Secret Service to switch jobs one day, just as a prank.

      1. Hrm. I dunno. I suspect the Secret Service would find my “handjob” jokes even less funny than the TSA pukes do, and I suspect that they’re rather more used to being able to just hurt people when they want to than TSA is.

    2. Who said open borders? ICE isn’t responsible for border protection, that’s CBP.

      It’s easy to call an argument dumb when it’s a straw man. That seems to be your specialty. This argument nobody made is dumb!

  12. “L’Italien’s campaign told ThinkProgress”

    “L’Italien’s campaign told, err a hard left Statist propaganda tribe

    FIFY

  13. Fox News Accidentally Lets Anti-ICE Democrat Speak to President Trump

    This is stupid. When did this lady speak to Trump? She didn’t. She voiced her opinion on FOX.

    Who cares. FOX is a propaganda outlet like CNN, NBC, ABC, NYT, WaPo….

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