On the Wednesday edition of her FOX News show, Laura Ingraham interviewed Elizabeth Alvarado and Robert Mickens, the parents of a teenage girl murdered by the gang MS-13 that were guests of President Trump at his first State of the Union address on Tuesday.
“Everyone in America is grieving for you,” Trump said to them. “And 320 million hearts are breaking for you. We cannot imagine the depth of your sorrow, but we can make sure that other families never have to endure this pain.”
Elizabeth Alvarado, the mother, responded to MSNBC’s Joy Reid for dismissing the Hispanic gang and downplaying them as something only heard about on FOX News.
Reid’s comments referred to Trump’s mention of the gang in the State of the Union — the part of the address where he acknowledged the family. Another pair of parents who also had a child that fell victim to MS-13, Evelyn Rodriguez and Freddy Cuevas, were in attendance and received recognition.
“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 he makes it sound like they’re the biggest threat,” the MSNBCer said.
Trump’s quote: “Here tonight are two fathers and two mothers: Evelyn Rodriguez, Freddy Cuevas, Elizabeth Alvarado, and Robert Mickens,” he said. Their two teenage daughters — Kayla Cuevas and Nisa Mickens — were close friends on Long Island. But in September 2016, on the eve of Nisa’s 16th Birthday, neither of them came home. These two precious girls were brutally murdered while walking together in their hometown. Six members of the savage gang MS-13 have been charged with Kayla and Nisa’s murders. Many of these gang members took advantage of glaring loopholes in our laws to enter the country as unaccompanied alien minors ‑- and wound up in Kayla and Nisa’s high school.”
Alvarado said she has “no words” for Joy Reid.
“I have no words,” Alvarado said. “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 is in or any gang members, please, stop the violence. It’s enough. How much more blood do we have to shed? Stop.”
Alvarado also spoke about meeting with Trump prior to the State of the Union. She praised Trump as “very genuine” and a “very nice president.”
Mickens reacted to black Democrats refusing to stand when Trump mentioned the murder of his daughter.
“Well, I thought it was very disrespectful for the simple fact the Democrats who were there that 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.