We have to admit, we love this live clip from CNN just for the fact that the reporter on the scene says he won’t use the woman’s last name “for her own protection” — just seconds after the anchor gives out her full name on the air.
But something’s up. We’re not saying there’s anything fake about this video, but we’d bet good money this is not what CNN was expecting to get when it sent a camera crew to Dulles International Airport to capture the moment a mother was united with her son who was separated from her at the border.
Happening right now: A mother who has been separated from her 7-year-old son for a month reunited with him. pic.twitter.com/AXvuT0P0fL
— Meg Wagner (@megwagner) June 29, 2018
This aired Friday, and people are still passing the video around days later, saying something seems … off.
Anyone else find this strange https://t.co/LpG2u2fwSs
— Bethany S. Mandel (@bethanyshondark) July 3, 2018
Yes. Someone posted it on FB and I was all prepared to say “kids handle emotional circumstances differently” until I watched but I watched and something is way off
— MLH ♥️ (@just_mindy) July 3, 2018
— Bethany S. Mandel (@bethanyshondark) July 3, 2018
Um … unless this kid is low affect or generally undemonstrative or was severely traumatized during their time apart … seems like an underwhelming moment on both sides. Weird. ?
— H e a t h e r ☕️ (@RealCatholicMom) July 3, 2018
Again, we’re not saying it’s fake, but it’s certainly not the heartbreaking reunion CNN was hoping for. Nice try, though.
This looks strange. The boy was told he was going to see his mom. He keeps looking away like he is still looking for her. Are we sure the children are being given to the correct adults?
— pete (@peteweeks) July 3, 2018
Does he even know this woman? Obviously he had such a good experience that he did not even miss her.
— DeeDee? (@dkrwilliams) July 3, 2018
Something feels off here. I don't see what I expect to see when a child is reunited with mother after a month of separation. Do these people even know each other ??
— Trump from Day1???? (@techmaster58) June 29, 2018
This is so fake, if one of my children had been separated from me for a month they would have ran into my arms and not left!
— Julia (@jewels2889) July 3, 2018
Not her kid. I bet she is an aunt or a family friend. #NotMyResident
— Tombstone Eyes (@BanEnemedia) July 3, 2018
The reporter said she was his mother. If I hadn't seen my child in a month wild horses could t have kept me from running thru that airport with tears streaming down my face.
— SunInTheRain (@SunInTheRain14) July 3, 2018
Does this child even know this woman?
— Weeki1 (@weeki1) July 3, 2018
Has this been verified?
— Mary (@MaryUK) July 1, 2018
I must say whatever you all at CNN we’re trying to do with this video was an EPIC FAIL
— Ex-Dem??Latina (@ExDemLatina) July 3, 2018
Give me a break. Not a tear in her eye and that kid could care less about this woman. He isn't even looking at her. WHO is she? I doubt she is his mother. She didn't act like a mother. No emotion….another LIE from the left. Geez.
— Ellen Atkinson (@eatkinson48) July 3, 2018
The kid looks traumatized. He’s been detached. Or in shock. I’m no expert.
— Aaron Casillas (@AC_Creates) June 29, 2018
This is not how children would react seeing their mom for the first time in a month. Where is his real mother?
— Jen Jussely (@JJussely) July 3, 2018
This boy does not appear to have an emotional attachment to this woman. Curious.
— CherryRed??? (@92cherrybomb) July 3, 2018
Body language says it all.. Did he really miss his mom? Was that really his mom? ?
— Seimron Llipder (@truthseeqr) July 3, 2018
That little boy acts like he doesn't know the woman at all. If he knows her, he clearly did not miss her. He doesn't even look at her.
— GOD'S ARMY (@Brenda06135) July 3, 2018
Looks like a set up to me. CNN wanted some kind of emotional reunion. What they got was truth.
— AirborneRecondo ?? (@airbrnrcndo76) July 3, 2018
@CNN if you didn't stage this, then please take a break from your narrative and think about the welfare of the child! Someone needs to check on him and make sure that everything is okay! This reaction to being reunited after a month apart is NOT normal!!!
— Jenna (@jennabean) July 3, 2018
Having grown up near the border in Texas I can only tell you that I'm praying this is not a trafficked child. That is NOT his mother!
— Chloe Cat (@SherylMerville3) July 3, 2018
He's acting like he barely knows her!
— Mia Rivera (@miaculpepper2) July 3, 2018
You sure they even know each other? The kid sure doesn't act like it…
— Texlaw57 (@Texlaw57) July 3, 2018
Why does that child pull AWAY from her? Something is horribly off in this video. That boy doesn't act like he knows ANY of them. They even force the little girl to hug him. Somebody needs to check in this kid.
— MeMe Best (@asia742) July 3, 2018
After being separated for a month, my child would have AT LEAST embraced me. This is a bit scary. No emotion at all from the child. You all are pushing a very dangerous situation…you are helping traffickers. IF this is her son, I’d really question his life with her.
— LC (@LynseyClarke8) July 2, 2018
Definitely doesn't seem right to me… My kids were in tears and wouldn't let go of me after a week at camp….. strange…..
— Tanya Nicole (@HPFanTanya) July 3, 2018
That kid has no clue who that woman is.
— Elliot Whitter (@elliotwhitter1) July 3, 2018
This child is not her son. Look at his body language!
— DC Cesspool (@dontcha_know1) July 3, 2018
His body language says: "somebody please make this lady stop touching me!"
— tbtmo (@tbtmo3) July 3, 2018
He didn’t seem to care about her. She said he has gain weight. He said he was fine and he has a new toy car. She said you’re tan did you go to the beach? He said no we went outside to play… Looks like he was happier without her ??♀️
— VA?ESSA #KAG2020 ?? (@oceanview55555) July 3, 2018
No way that is that boys mother. He looks COMPLETELY uncomfortable and acts like he has no idea who she is. If I were to claim to be a liberal with fluid pronouns it would be more believable than this video. Have you any integrity left at all?
— Tick Tock (@QisComing4u) July 3, 2018
Is this a joke? Do these people even know each other?
— truthie (@TruthieKr) July 3, 2018
That’s not her son, can’t be. Or he had a better experience away from her?
— Jen Morton (@JenMorton10) July 3, 2018
The kid acts like he never saw her before.
— Tom Britz (@tombritz) July 3, 2018
It doesn't appear that the child even knows this woman, much less a child who has been missing his mother for a month. She doesn't seem the part either. Please find out if this child is actually hers.
— Judy Huggins (@Elfinmirror) July 3, 2018
This whole thing seems odd. Sure didn’t seem like a mother and her child. ?
— Amy Ostrom (@OstromAmy) July 3, 2018
The kid doesn’t look like he missed her much. Something just don’t seem on point
— ??EZYRDR?? (@19tmtaylor77) July 3, 2018
That kid did not want that lady
— ??TrumpsStyle ?? (@TrumpsTime1) July 3, 2018
A month and no crying, no real hugging, the kid barely looks at her.
This doesn't look on the up and up.
— Vaughn Blaschke (@vaughnjb) July 3, 2018
This is just plain weird. Not sure what I expected, but this was not it.
— Scott Beason (@ScottBeason) July 3, 2018
Oh yeah, kid acts like he's so happy to see her, also acts like he's been so abused in a cage for a month. Probably isn't even her kid. Holy hell @CNN could you even TRY to do a better job??
— Linette (@linmger) July 3, 2018
I'm calling bs. This video is off.
— Alexander (@144Knight) July 3, 2018
She asked him if they went to the "playa" (beach)?? Where did she think the kid had been all this time? I call BS, CNN.
— Overpaid AT&T Lobbyist (@OLobbyist) July 3, 2018
So why did she ask if he went to the beach? Also he says he given a toy…So what are you trying to do here CNN…Lie some more??? This was very awkward…
— #LegislationNOW (@Sit4Something) July 3, 2018
Wow….that is a strangely cool reaction from a son who hasn't seen his mother in 4 weeks. Is that really his mother?
— George (@gvalkuchak) July 3, 2018
My 13 year old son about knocked me down when I got home from work today….he saw me this morning when I left….WTH is going on here?! He either doesn't know her, or they weren't separated, or he was happy where he was.
— Amy Kernan (@AmyzKernan) July 3, 2018
No way that's his mom.
— Bless Your Heart (@thesassysavant) July 3, 2018
There’s no follow-up on the reunion on Wagner’s Twitter feed, but there is this nice video of protesters hauling around a dog crate with a baby doll in it, ’cause that’s accurate.
Marchers protesting President Trump's immigration policy are carrying a dog crate with baby dolls inside. pic.twitter.com/sARBd5XJMR
— Meg Wagner (@megwagner) June 30, 2018
There sure are a lot of people asking questions. Is it wrong that we’re kind of worried about this boy? What does anyone else think?
Daily Mail: Crying child on TIME cover 'never separated by border control agents' from her mother https://t.co/eO5Q5Qgy6t
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) June 22, 2018