Last night on FNC’s The Ingraham Angle, host Laura Ingraham interviewed parents of a teenage girl who was killed by the gang MS-13 in 2016, and who were honored by President Trump at the State of the Union, January 30. The radio and television host asked the couple about their reaction to Democrats not standing for their daughter during the speech, and MSNBC’s Joy Reid’s dismissive response to Trump honoring the couple and their slain daughter.
Ingraham began by empathizing with the parents of Nisa Mickens, Elizabeth Alvarado and Robert Mickens, for being brave and willing enough to talk about their daughter’s murder, and asking how it felt to be acknowledged at the State of the Union. Both parents called it an “honor” and a surprise to be invited.
“It was very overwhelming and I appreciated that, you know, that he let us come there to see him. It was an honor to see him,” Alvarado explained, saying that she met President Trump prior to the State of the Union and he was a “very genuine” and “very nice” person.
“I really am happy that I met him,” she added, a quote that certainly won’t make headlines like the negative reaction of meeting Trump from the widow of Sgt La David Johnson that the media ran with for weeks.
Ingraham then asked the couple how it felt to see so many Democrats in the room not standing up for their daughter when President Trump recognized her the night before. Nisa’s father Robert Mickens called the reaction “very disrespectful,” noting that many of these Democrats were African-American as well.
“That hurts me a lot to show they did not have the respect or to honor what just happened in our lives and to Americans’ lives,” he responded. “It’s not right...regardless of how they feel about the president,” he added.
Ingraham moved on to ask them about MSNBC’s Joy Reid, who flippantly dismissed their daughter’s murder, in her post-SOTU reaction. She played the video clip of Reid cruelly snarking that the only people who have even heard about the violent gang responsible for their daughter’s murder, are Fox News viewers. Ingraham asked Nisa’s mother Elizabeth Alvarado, what her reaction to Reid’s remark was.
Alvarado sighed heavily, rolled her eyes in disgust and said, “I have no words.” With tears in her eyes, she solemnly went on to detail the severity of the gang’s threat:
These are gang members that just, you know, decided to be a judge and a jury to take my daughter out like that. It's unacceptable. I don't want it to happen to anybody else's family. But, something needs to be done. And I won't stop doing what I'm doing until everything turns out right. I can only hope and pray that whoever -- any gang members, please, stop the violence. It's enough. How much more blood do we have to shed.
The Ingraham Angle
INGRAHAM: An incredibly moving moment last night at the State of the Union. President Trump consoling the parents of two teenage girls. Police say that Nisa Mickens and Kayla Cuevas were chased down and brutally murdered by MS-13 gang members in Long Island in New York in 2016. Three of the four people charged with the murders are illegal immigrants.
INGRAHAM: President Trump honored Nisa and Kayla last night by inviting their parents to the speech. We reached out to Nisa's parents Elizabeth Alvarado and Robert Mickens and both are kind enough to join us and share their thoughts on the evening and their reaction to that moment. To both of you, I thought a lot about you both today in the aftermath of this speech and the reaction and I want to say for my listening audience on radio and I know all the viewers on Fox, you know, no words can express how incredibly devastated I know you must be and we just thank you so much for being brave enough to come on the show and talk to us. Thank you so much.
ALVARADO/MICKENS: Oh, you're welcome.
INGRAHAM: I want to first just ask you what it was like to be invited to the State of the Union speech. So many politicians haven't really confronted what MS-13 has done to American communities Suffolk county in Long Island especially hard hit in 2016 and 2017 by MS-13. What was it like to be invited?
MICKENS: It was definitely an honor. We were still shocked about receiving an invite. And, you know, this is something that we would -- if we was asked to do it again, we would definitely do it?
ALVARADO: Yeah, we would. It was overwhelming.
INGRAHAM: Go ahead.
ALVARADO: I'm sorry. It was very overwhelming and I appreciated that, you know, that he let us come there to see him. It was an honor to see him.
INGRAHAM: And you met with him before the State of the Union speech briefly. And what was that like?
ALVARADO: It was good. It was good. You know, when we walked into his office, it was like breathtaking. Lisa's pin on me. I asked him if he could take it for a gift. He took it. And he took pictures with it. And he took pictures with me with it. And I -- you know, he is very genuine. Very nice president. I really am happy that I met him.
INGRAHAM: I want to ask you both what it felt like to find out that so many people in the room, that were mostly Democrats, did not stand up when you were recognized and when your daughter was recognized last night.
MICKENS: Well, I felt it was very disrespectful for the simple fact the Democrats who were there who did not stand up, they were African-Americans. So that hurts me a lot to show they did not have the respect or to honor what just happened to our lives and to Americans' lives. It's not right, you know. Regardless of how they feel about the president, they should show the respect because I would show them the respect if that was their loved one.
INGRAHAM: There was a woman on another cable channel earlier today and, again, I tried to put myself in your shoes, hearing some of the comments that were made after this amazing moment where so many of us were literally crying with you and her name is Joy Reid and she said this.
JOY REID: He gives a speech tonight in which he makes it sound like the biggest issue in the United States, the biggest threat is MS-13, a gang nobody that doesn't watch Fox News has ever heard of so it makes it sound like they’re the biggest threat.
INGRAHAM: Elizabeth, like MS-13 is any big deal.
ALVARADO: I have no words. I mean, these are gang members that just, you know, decided to be a judge and a jury to take my daughter out like that. It's unacceptable. I don't want it to happen to anybody else's family. But, something needs to be done. And I won't stop doing what I'm doing until everything turns out right. I can only hope and pray that whoever -- any gang members, please, stop the violence. It's enough. How much more blood do we have to shed.
INGRAHAM: Before we start enforcing our borders, they should never be in this country in the first place. If they weren't in this country in the first place, your daughter would still be alive today. That's what makes my blood boil. They should never have have been here. Robert and Elizabeth, thank you. I know we are going it check back with you. I know would going to wish you all the best. I know it's still searing pain for both of you. Thank you for spending time with us tonight.