Alyssa Milano showcased her grief over U.S. immigration policy in a tearful Twitter video Friday, earning mockery from the right.
The actress wanted viewers to know that she was devastated after watching a clip of an immigrant child being reunited with her mother. Wiping away tears and snot, Milano, 46, suggested that the United States’ original sin was having borders in the first place.
“What the fuck are we doing?” she asked, before answering her own question. “We are destroying lives. We are destroying children’s lives because of fucking arbitrary lines in the sand. And we can’t let this be the new normal.”
In the video, which has been viewed nearly 770,000 times, Milano went on to assert that U.S. immigration enforcement flies in the face of not just American values, but of human nature itself.
“Besides what this country is founded on, this is not innately who we are as human beings,” she declared. “We’ve gotta take inventory of this, of what’s happening and the humanitarian crisis at the border, and we gotta do something. We can’t ignore what’s happening. We can’t allow it to continue. We must take inventory. We must do something. Please.”
Milano said she would share the video that triggered her, and instructed her 3.6 million Twitter followers to feel the same way.
“I’m gonna post this video. I’m gonna post it right now. So it’ll be in this thread, under this,” she said. “Please turn on the sound. Please watch the whole video. Please allow yourself to feel, to have empathy, and then I need you to get angry, because this is being done in our names with our taxpayer dollars. We can’t allow it to continue. Please. Please. Please allow yourself to feel what’s happening. Thanks for watching.”
Tag-teaming with Ted Lieu
Minutes later, Milano posted the video as promised. The NowThis clip shows Rep. Ted Lieu, a California Democrat, questioning Customs and Border Patrol Chief of Law Enforcement Operations Brian Hastings Thursday at a House Judiciary Committee hearing about migrant family separations. At one point, Lieu played footage that shows the reunification of a 3-year-old migrant girl with her family.
DON’T LOOK AWAY. TURN UP THE SOUND AND DO NOT LOOK AWAY. pic.twitter.com/dldORJaL1G
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) July 26, 2019
The girl, named Sofi, was reportedly separated from her grandmother at the border last June in El Paso, Texas, days after President Donald Trump officially ended his administrations’s “zero tolerance” immigration police, which led to a spike in family separations.
When Alyssa Milano cries for Twitter
Amid a shift toward support for “open borders” on the left, Milano has refocused her Twitter activism from #MeToo to immigration. In June, she live-streamed her attempt to inspect a Florida migrant detention center, and earlier this month, she compared Vice President Mike Pence to a Nazi.
Some of Milano’s fans thanked her for her latest provocation.
I’m so sorry Alyssa. You care so much and so deeply, know what you do makes a huge difference. I just buried my dad who has same genetic condition as me, I’m not well enough to fight now. Knowing you’re fighting so hard helps me rest. Keep at it, we’re with you all the way ?❤️
— Julie Negrin (@julienegrin) July 26, 2019
However, right-wing mockery dominated the replies to her tweet.
Many commenters saw Milano’s emotional appeal as more liberal grandstanding detached from reality or policy. They alleged that her tears were “staged.”
Cue! Cry! Phony! Staged!
— MammaMia! (@Dima_Tology) July 27, 2019
Some compared Milano’s video to a series of photos of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a New York Democrat, crying last year outside a migrant detention center in Texas.
— WeDoNotConsent (@DiamondRich2011) July 27, 2019
Others took the opportunity to ding the former “Charmed” star’s acting skills, or lack thereof.
Those acting skills are why you’re not on TV anymore.
— Joe M (@StormIsUponUs) July 27, 2019
A number of commenters brought up Milano’s advocacy for abortion rights. There were those who suggested that her failed #SexStrike against restrictions on abortion was taking a toll on her mental health.
— D’Plorbl DREGs (@DontDregMeBro) July 27, 2019
Meanwhile, on Friday, Trump announced that Guatemala would agree to serve as a “safe third country.” If implemented, the deal would be a win for the president’s effort to address the crisis at the southern border. Migrants passing through Guatemala en route to the United States would be required to request asylum there, rather than once they reached the United States.