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Ann Coulter Makes Volatile Claim, Author Disavows Her

Conservative pundit says 'child actors' are portraying crying kids at the border
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 19, 2018 10:20 AM CDT
Updated Jun 19, 2018 2:50 PM CDT
Ann Coulter speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington in this 2012 photo.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

(Newser) – One of the more controversial views in the border separations saga was voiced by conservative pundit Ann Coulter, who argued on Fox News that kids seen crying on TV are "child actors." In response, the author of an article she cited to back up her theory says she's completely off base to draw that conclusion from it. Coulter, however, isn't backing down, suggesting Tuesday that even newly surfaced audiotapes of kids crying at detention facilities were orchestrated. The details:

  • How it started: As Newsweek recounts, Coulter generated headlines with her theory during a Sunday appearance on The Next Revolution With Steve Hilton. "These child actors weeping and crying on all the other networks 24/7 right now—do not fall for it, Mr. President," Coulter said. She cited a magazine article to buttress her claim, adding: "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."

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