Fake “Lookalike” Reporter Makes it Into Press Conference With Kamala Harris
Hannah Nightingale | The Post Millennial
At Kamala Harris’ press conference in Mexico City Tuesday, a woman in a case of mistaken identity was able to make it into the event to ask the Vice President a question, the Daily Mailreports.
Introduced by Harris’ press secretary Symone Sanders as “Maria Fernanda from Univision,” she was revealed to be not associated with the outlet, or the person they claimed she was.
Maria Fernanda Reyes was one of just five reporters able to ask Harris a question at the press conference.
“Thank you, Madam Vice President,” Reyes began. “For me, it’s an honor because I actually got to vote for the first time as a naturalized citizen. I voted for you.”
“My question is, what would you say to these women, those mothers and also women of color on both sides of the border, farmers, many of them who I see every day as a message of hope but also as – What will you do for them in the next coming years?” Reyes asked.
In response to mocking comments for the question fawning over the Vice President, Univision stated on Twitter that Reyes is not one of their reporters, though the two bear strikingly similar appearances.
Maria Fernanda Lopez, the correspondent associated with Univision, was located in Miami at the time of the event. The Univision reporter present at the press conference was Jesica Zermeño.
Daily Mail was told by a press secretary for Harris that the incident, which allowed a random person to be in close proximity to the nation’s second-highest-ranking official, was under review.
Reyes spoke with Fox News Tuesday on the incident.
She said she didn’t correct the moderator because she was surprised to even be called upon and was caught up in the moment.
Reyes said she was asked by fellow entrepreneurs to attend the event in Mexico City, where she was working with farmers in the area.
On her LinkedIn, Reyes says that “I am a fourth-generation farmer and care about agriculture, food waste and supporting rural farmers, especially women rural farmers across the world. “I’m on a journey to empower farmers to reduce food loss and food waste through technologies and education,” and works as the founder of the AdoptaHero campaign which supplies PPE and medical equipment to medical workers on the front line in Mexico.
“Everyone’s trying to twist it for their own agenda,” said Reyes, who added that she is not overly interested in politics but wants to see conditions improve in the area.”I don’t care. I asked a question. If people don’t like it, fine.”
Both David Coronell, the president of Univision, and Lopez posted to Twitter Tuesday night clarifying comments on the situation.