Fox News Tricked By Democrat Who Took Advantage of Network Error to Slam Trump's Immigration Policy

Fox News was duped Monday morning by a Massachusetts Democrat who claimed to be a different member of her party in order to participate in a segment on U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Fox & Friends First hosts Jillian Mele and Rob Schmitt each believed they were welcoming Ann Kirkpatrick, who's running for a House seat in Arizona, for a discussion about Kirkpatrick's pro-ICE stance in contrast to other Democrats who have called for the agency's abolishment.

Instead, state senator and congressional candidate Barbara L'Italien appeared and railed against President Donald Trump's "zero-tolerance" immigration policy that resulted in thousands of children being separated from their parents after illegal border crossings.

A Fox News producer later claimed in a statement that the network had reached out to a person "on file" as Kirkpatrick's press representative, who responded back as if he was working for Kirkpatrick and could arrange her appearance. Instead, it appears the network had the wrong contact and L'Italien and her campaign took advantage of the mix-up.

L'Italien responded later Monday to claim that she wanted to take her argument directly to the president and believed "she had an obligation" to do so.

"Fox News is where you go when you want to talk to Donald Trump, and Barbara felt she had an obligation to her constituents to take advantage of that opportunity," L'Italien's statement to The Boston Globe read.

The awkward segment baffled both Schmitt and Mele, who ended it once they realized L'Italien was not the guest she and her campaign claimed she was.

"Good morning. I'm actually here to speak directly to Donald Trump," L'Italien said at the top of the segment. "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."

She continued: "I'm actually Barbara L'Italien, I'm a state senator representing a large immigrant community. I'm running for Congress in Massachusetts. 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, stop putting kids in cages, and stop making 3-year-old defend themselves in court."

L'Italien later posted a video on YouTube where she read the entirety of the statement she planned to give on Fox News before being cut short.

Schmitt took to Twitter following the incident to claim L'Italien had "hijacked" the show with a "publicity stunt."

Later, Schmitt said L'Italien was "desperate for attention."

"Desperate for attention - @teambarbara pretended to be someone else to multiple people within Fox News and get on tv," he tweeted.