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Mom Tells CNN’s Tapper She Wants an Apology From Fox News for Mocking Her Son

Last week, Vice President Mike Pence held an event for military families that ended up giving us a cute viral moment. With a bunch of kids on stage with him, the veep accidentally bopped a 10-year-old kid on the head, leading to the young boy following Pence around and asking for an apology, an apology he ended up receiving. All in all, it was one of those heart-tugging moments tailor-made for morning talk shows and Facebook shares.

Unless that is, your name is Tammy Bruce. Then you use the moment to rail against parents now “giving birth to snowflakes” in need of a “safe space.” Yep, during a Friday night Fox News broadcast, Bruce and host Bill Hemmer discussed how the child “stalked” Pence because he “felt aggrieved,” with Hemmer adding that he felt like someone taught him how to get that apology.

Well, the boy’s mother is now seeing if someone has taught Fox News how to say they’re sorry, as she’s seeking an apology from the network over the segment. Appearing on CNN’s The Lead, Dr. Ingrid Herrera-Yee pointed out that her son, Michael, is on the autism spectrum and that like many autistic children, he needs to rehearse and practice social interactions. Also, he’s only been verbal for five years.

She explained to host Jake Tapper that Michael loves the White House and that Pence couldn’t have been more charming in the way he dealt with her son at that moment. Due to the wonderful little interplay between her son and the vice president, Dr. Herra-Yee was taken aback with the way it was described on the Friday evening Fox News broadcast, especially since Fox & Friends treated it like the cute moment it was.

“I was devastated when I saw what they were saying,” she told Tapper. “They didn’t even know his age — they didn’t know who he was.”

She further added that this impacted her 15-year-old son as well, as he went online to defend his brother and was attacked. After saying she wants the network to apologize for using her son out of context, and noting how she’d like to see more autism awareness, she closed out the interview by sending out this plea to Fox and others:

“Please don’t use kids. Whether they’re typically developing kids — it doesn’t matter that he’s autistic or a military kid. Forget all that. He’s a kid. And you don’t use children as examples on national television like that.”

Watch the segment above, via CNN.

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