The US conservative commentator who brought Britain First’s islamaphobic tweets to Donald Trump’s attention has called migrant children crying at the US border ‘child actors’.
Ann Coulter said the US President shouldn’t fall for the ‘child actors’ amid pressure to end his zero-tolerance policy that has seen children separated from their parents.
“These child actors weeping and crying on all the other networks 24/7 right now — do not fall for it, Mr. President,” Coulter told Fox News.
She added: “I get very nervous about the president getting his news from TV.”
Her comments come after audio was obtained of children screaming for their parents after being separated at the US border as part of a ‘zero-tolerance’ policy.
Conservative commentator Coulter is the person who brought Islamophobic posts by Britain First to the US President’s attention before he shared them with his 43 million followers.
She also reportedly referenced a story in The New Yorker in arguing that children filmed at the border are acting, saying it had described the children as being coached, adding: “They’re given scripts to read by liberals, according to The New Yorker. Don’t fall for the actor children.”
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On top of Coulter’s comments, Fox News host Laura Ingraham reportedly also described the child detention facilities as “essentially summer camps.”
She is reportedly to have said: “As more illegal immigrants are rushing the border, more kids are being separated from their parents. And temporarily housed at what are, essentially, summer camps.”
Both comments come amid a backlash over the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance policy, which requires every person apprehended illegally crossing the border to face prosecution.
It’s not the first time conservatives have accused people of acting – in the wake of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting some claimed students were “crisis actors”.