On Monday morning, the brainiacs at Fox News accidentally booked a Democratic congressional candidate who used her fluke opportunity to send a message directly to the White House.
It’s not exactly clear how the bookers at Fox & Friends First mistook Massachusetts state senator Barbara L’Italien for Arizona’s Ann Kirkpatrick—a different Democratic congressional candidate who was recently booed for her pro-ICE stance during a debate. But once on air, L’Italien wasted little time getting down to business:
I’m actually here to speak directly to Donald Trump. 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. I’m actually Barbara L’Italien, I’m a state senator representing a large immigrant community and running for Congress in Massachussets.
The Fox & Friends First hosts, clearly confused, weakly attempted to rebut L’Italien’s point by point denunciation of ICE before booting her off the air entirely. (“That didn’t go as planned,” one of the hosts said.)
Shortly after her brief, but impactful, appearance on the show, L’Italien released a video detailing “the full statement I would’ve give Fox News if I hadn’t been cut off.”
Update, 11:32 a.m.: Fox News has released a statement on the mix-up.