Ann Coulter weighed in on the immigration debate on Sunday, saying that many of the images of crying children shown across cable news channels were fabricated and the result of “child actors.”
“I would also say one other thing, these child actors weeping and crying on all the other networks 24/7 right now: do not fall for it, Mr. President. I get very nervous about the president getting his news from TV,” said Coulter on the set of Fox News’ “The Next Revolution.”
“A New Yorker article — the New Yorker is not a conservative publication — they describe 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.”
It’s unclear which New Yorker article Coulter is referring to. Both she and New Yorker editor-in-chief David Remnick did not immediately respond to request for clarification on Monday.
The charge from Coulter is a particularly explosive one, as it is a favorite among more conspiracy-minded media figures. Reports by outlets like InfoWars and the Gateway Pundit saying that the Parkland shooting survivors were in fact “crisis actors” were widely condemned by both Democrats and Republicans.
Coulter has long positioned herself as a ferocious hawk in America’s immigration debate and has regularly attacked President Trump over the lack of progress on the border wall with Mexico. Coulter is one of just 45 people who the president follows on Twitter and one of the very few people who has been able to attack him with impunity. Her book “Adios America” is widely cited as the model for President Trump’s immigration policies.
The immigration issue has become increasingly charged as news outlets confirmed Monday that migrant children separated from their families were being held in cages in detention centers.
On Monday, the Associated Press was unequivocal.
“Inside an old warehouse in South Texas, hundreds of children wait away from their parents in a series of cages created by metal fencing. One cage had 20 children inside. Scattered about are bottles of water, bags of chips and large foil sheets intended to serve as blankets,” they wrote.