A case of mistaken identity caused an embarrassing moment at an event attended by Vice President Harris in Mexico.
Apparently, a woman called Maria Fernanda asked a question under the guise of being a Univision reporter when she was not. The woman then gushed over Harris, claiming she voted for her.
The Big Question
One of the questions at Harris’ press conference in Mexico City came from a person described as a Univision reporter; it has since been roundly criticized as the pinnacle of press adoration for the government.
Harris was speaking to reporters after meeting with Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador when she turned to Maria Fernanda of Univision. Fernanda went on to say that it was an honor for her to even pose the question to Harris. She explained that she is a naturalized American citizen who was able to vote for Harris in the most recent election.
.@UniNoticias reporter to VP Harris: "I VOTED FOR YOU".
As if there was any doubt. pic.twitter.com/6VGRBZLybX
— Jorge Bonilla (@BonillaJL) June 8, 2021
Harris smiled at the woman who was not seen on camera after the woman announced that she voted for the vice president. She then questioned what the vice president would say to the mothers, minority women in the USA and Mexico, and farmers, along with Harris’ plans for these women’s futures.
Although the query appeared to be fair and timely, the first pandering of Harris quickly went viral on social media.
Here is the Problem:
Fernanda, the reporter, is not a Univision reporter. She spoke with Fox News late Tuesday on the phone where she was asked why she didn’t correct the moderator right away. Reyes said she became engrossed at the moment and was astonished to be called to ask her question.
Yesterday’s press conference was the first time I ever saw Kamala Harris talking about creating jobs.
Of course, she was discussing ensuring that women in Mexico can get jobs.
Nothing about the American worker.
— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) June 9, 2021
Fernanda’s association with Univision has been confirmed by the company, which says that she does not work there. In Miami, though, there is a Univision reporter named Maria Fernanda Lopez.
In response to Fox News seeking commentary, Harris’ deputy press secretary Sabrina Singh just sent a Twitter post link from Harris’ chief spokesperson, Symone D. Sanders. This tweet claims the office is looking into the situation.
Reyes, a businesswoman from the San Francisco Bay Area, declared she devotes most of her time traveling and working with farmers in the United States, Mexico, and India.
Reyes was in Mexico City just yesterday, to assist Mayan farmers and aid the underprivileged in negotiating coronavirus when requested to attend the vice president’s ceremony by fellow businesses.
Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We are looking into this. https://t.co/5gVsyOoudr
— SDS (@SymoneSanders46) June 9, 2021
Reyes said she was invited to the Harris dinner because of her professional ties. She stated that she, like everybody else present, was asked if she would like to ask Harris a question.