Ann Coulter Claims Migrant Kids Seeking Asylum Are Part of ‘Child Actors’ Conspiracy
Far-right author and pundit Ann Coulter suggested that migrant children seeking asylum are actually part of a crisis “actors” conspiracy and pleaded with President Donald Trump to not full for their supposed charade.
“I would also say one other thing, these child actors weeping and crying on all the other networks 24/7 right now,” said Coulter, who made the comments while appearing on Fox News yesterday. “Do not fall for it, Mr. President. I get very nervous about the president getting his news from TV.”
Coulter backed up the conspiratorial claim by pointing to a “A New Yorker article” that she said described “how these kids, these kids are being coached. They’re given scripts to read by liberals, according to the New Yorker. Don’t fall for the actor children.”
However, she did not name the specific article and the piece does not appear to exist, per the conservative media watchdog site Right Wing Watch.
In Breitbart News‘ write up of Coulter’s appearance, the website cites a New York Times article — not a New Yorker one — in which the author writes, “In many cases, officials said, migrant children have been coached on what to say to make fraudulent claims for asylum.”
That article still does not back up Coulter’s “child actors” allegation, as it instead repeats what administration “officials” are alleging to media outlets, rather than stating a fact that the New York Times has independently proven.
Coulter was contacted by Mediaite for evidence backing up her claims, but did not respond in time for publication.
Watch above, via Fox News.
UPDATE: Coulter responded to Mediaite, providing as evidence for her claims this New Yorker article, from 2011, about an African immigrant who was advised by her lawyer to invent a rape claim to help her asylum application. It’s unclear how this supports Coulter’s assertion that the child migrants at the southern border are “actors.”
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