A young boy with autism who asked Vice President Mike Pence to apologize for accidentally “bopping” him on the nose became the target of Fox News hosts during a recent segment.
After a video of the moment from an event for military families went viral, Fox News’ Bill Hemmer and Tammy Bruce criticized the 10-year-old boy, Michael, during Friday’s airing of Tucker Carlson Tonight, suggesting that he was entitled.
“Kids these days, they’re telling the parents what to do, they’re telling the teachers what to do, and I guess now they’re telling the vice president what to do,” Hemmer began.
“The 8-year-old pretty much stalked the vice president afterwards. He wasn’t even — the headlines said he was ‘hit, he was struck, he was smashed, he was bumped,’ ” Bruce said. “The fabric on his sleeve touched his nose maybe. He stalks the vice president, says, ‘You owe me an apology’… This is crazy. Now look, he’s seen it either on television, maybe he’s seen it at home perhaps, but he felt aggrieved.”
Added Bruce: “I guess we’re giving birth to snowflakes now because that looked like that kid needed a safe space in that room.”
During an appearance later on CNN’s The Lead, the boy’s mother, Dr. Ingrid Herrera-Yee, revealed that her son, Michael, is on the autism spectrum and has only been verbal for five years.