Democrats continue to demonstrate that they will stop at nothing to resist, obstruct and delay the president’s agenda. Rather than provide meaningful solutions to a host of emerging crises, the left are content to lie, cheat and steal to stand in the way of American progress under a Republican administration.
In just the latest underhanded ploy from Democrats, a liberal state senator from Massachusetts impersonated Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ) just so she could experience her 15 minutes of infamy bashing President Donald Trump on live television. State Sen. Barbara L’Italien intentionally deceived Fox News producers from the early morning “Fox and Friends First” program in a crooked scheme to rave about the Trump administration and accuse the president of “ripping [children] from their parents’ arms.”
Fifteen minutes of infamy
Co-hosts Jillian Mele and Rob Schmitt thought they would be interviewing Rep. Kirkpatrick after the Arizona Democrat was the only one from her party at a recent primary event to support the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency. The crowd turned on Kirkpatrick and booed her after she refused to echo the “Abolish ICE” calls from prominent liberals like socialist congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).
“And joining us now, that candidate,” co-host Jillian Mele announced, unaware of what was to come. “The only Democrat on stage to support ICE. Ann Kirkpatrick, thank you for joining us, we appreciate it. Tell us why you do support ICE.”
Masquerading as Kirkpatrick, the lesser-known L’Italien introduces herself. “Good morning. I’m actually here to speak directly to Donald Trump,” she said. “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.”
Although the on-screen caption continued to identify her as Kirkpatrick, the state senator admitted who she really was early on, happily plugging her true identity on the most-watched cable news network. Claiming to represent “a large immigrant community,” L’Italien continued her rant:
I keep thinking about what we’re putting parents through, imagining how terrifying that must be for those families, imagining how it would feel not knowing if I’d ever see my kids again. We have to stop abducting children and ripping them from their parents’ arms, and stop putting kids in cages, and stop making 3-year-olds defend themselves in court.
At this point, Schmitt challenges “Ms. Kirkpatrick’s” characterization of Trump’s immigration policy, arguing that families were no longer being separated at the border and pointing out that the government was actively working to reunite some parents with their children.
Something about L’Italien’s answer struck the anchor as odd, though, and he demanded to know, “Who is this? Who is this?” When the imposter again stated her real name, her satellite feed was cut off and the interview ended.
In a follow-on statement from the conservative media outlet, “Fox & Friends First” executive producer Desiree Dunne revealed that the Kirkpatrick interview was originally established through the congresswoman’s legitimate press contact, Joe Katz, who confirmed the interview in an email using Kirkpatrick’s official letterhead.
Katz, however, decided to “take advantage of that opportunity” to give another client some face-time, even though he had not represented Kirkpatrick since 2010. Dunne explained:
This morning we invited Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick to appear on “Fox & Friends First” through her press contact on file Joe Katz, who accepted the invitation on Kirkpatrick’s behalf. Katz followed with an email confirming the segment, which also included background information and a campaign logo for Ann Kirkpatrick.
During the actual segment, Barbara L’Italien, appeared on camera instead of Kirkpatrick. Despite speaking to producers prior to the interview, L’Italien did not identify herself as anything other than Kirkpatrick until she was live on air, at which point we ended the interview.
Katz, however, blamed Fox News for failing to properly scrutinize their interview subject and said that he took advantage of the situation to get the president’s attention:
Fox News is where you go when you want to talk to Donald Trump. 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.
Despite the claims of a shady and overzealous publicist, Fox News producers were professional and diligent, contacting Kirkpatrick’s known press contact, who responded with forged documents.
Instead of Congresswoman Kirkpatrick, however, Fox News reporters were greeted with an unethical, unhinged, and unprofessional local politician.
Having discredited their own liberal news agencies, Democrats are working to overwhelm Fox News as well. Given this deceptive environment, the crew from “Fox and Friends First” handled themselves with honor, integrity and professionalism.