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Ann Coulter falsely claims 'weeping' immigrant children separated from parents are 'actors'

Ann Coulter is worried about President Trump's TV-watching habits.

On Fox News' The Next Revolution, the conservative commentator said Sunday that she knows the president gets all his news from TV. And she thinks the "actor" children claiming they've been separated from their parents will fool him into softening immigration policy.

"These child actors weeping and crying on all the other networks 24/7 right now, do not fall for it Mr. President," Coulter passionately claimed on Fox, looking straight in the camera. When host Steve Hilton started to get skeptical, Coulter vaguely sourced The New Yorker, which she affirmed is "not a conservative publication."

"These kids are being coached, they're given scripts to read by liberals, according to The New Yorker," Coulter said. "Don't fall for the actor children."

But searches for any New Yorker article containing "immigrant children" and the words "script" or "coach" came up empty. The closest bet is a 2011 story of an African woman — not a child — who embellished her past hardships to gain asylum in the U.S.

Breitbart similarly sourced a New York Times article saying "migrant children have been coached on what to say to make fraudulent claims for asylum." The article explicitly states that the claim came from Trump administration officials.

Don't fall for the commentators, America.