Grinning school-age children who took part in a NASA YouTube video about space exploration featuring Vice President Kamala Harris have been revealed to be child actors.
The VP took part in ‘Get Curious with Vice President Harris,’ a video made to celebrate World Space Week that debuted Thursday – and took some grief on social media for her wide-eyed exclamations about the wonders of space.
‘I just love the idea of exploring the unknown,’ Harris gushed dramatically to a group of five child actors in the video from the Naval Observatory, where the vice president’s residence is located.
Tucker Carlson called the video ‘fake’ and ‘fraudulent’ while talking about it with fellow conservative Candace Owens on his talk show tonight on Fox News.
‘So for humanitarian reasons we are not going to play that’ll video, but it’s online,’ Carlson said. ‘If you dare, look it up, watch it. Watch it again, watch your own soul die as you do. It’s the fake is thing that’s ever been caught on video but in fact it’s even faker than it looks.’
A NASA video featuring Vice President Kamala Harris included child actors
He then ripped into Harris for hiring child actors instead of recruiting kids who are passionate about the space industry.
‘We just learned that one of the kids that Kamala Harris was lecturing at is in fact not a normal kid, he’s a child actor called Trevor who auditioned for that role,’ Carlson said.
‘No political party that believed in democracy and thought it had to win over voters whatever put up someone like Kamala or Kamala Harris for office.’
Other conservatives also took to Twitter to rib the vice president for over-the-top enthusiasm with the children.
‘Too much DayQuil,’ wrote American Conservative Union chair Matt Schlapp, while Donald Trump Jr said Harris’ ‘commitment to cringe is truly impressive’ on Twitter.
‘She’s not allowed to speak to adults anymore,’ Representative Lauren Boebert, of Colorado, commented caustically.
Donald Trump Jr took to twitter to call Vice President Kamala Harris ‘fake’ and that her commitment to cringe is truly impressive’
At one point in the video, Harris suddenly became enthusiastic with wide-eyed wonder over what her visitors would see through the Naval Observatory’s high-tech telescope.
‘You guys are gonna see, you’re gonna literally see the craters on the moon with your own eyes!’ she enthused, pointing to her own peepers for emphasis — even though its craters can be seen with the naked eye.
Harris, who is the chair of the cabinet-level National Space Council since May, also struggled to identify reasons for space exploration, earlier in the video.
‘There’s other things that we just haven’t figured out or discovered yet,’ she said before rambling on, ‘to think about so much that’s out there that we still have to learn, like, I love that.’
The video, which by Monday had received some 114,000 views on YouTube, as well as 2,000 likes and 4,100 dislikes, was shared online by the vice president’s aides and supporters. Comments have been disabled.
Kamala Harris was widely-mocked in a NASA space video for being overly dramatic and not having a deep concept of space exploration even though she is chair of the space council
The video, which by Monday had received some 114,000 views on YouTube, as well as 2,000 likes and 4,100 dislikes, was shared online by the vice president’s aides and supporters
The video was produced by a foreign film production company, Canada’s Sinking Ship Entertainment. The production cost remains unknown.
Children who took part in the event appeared to be delighted to be there. They were child actors who tried out to be in the videos, California station KSBW reported.
Monterey resident Trevor Bernardino, 13, told the station he was a space enthusiast who tried out for the role – only to be gobsmacked when he learned he would be traveling to Washington, DC to take part in the video. He tried out by sending in a monologue and the providing three questions he would ask a world leader.
‘Then after that, like a week later my agent called me and was like ‘Hey Trevor you booked it,” he said.
He was one of five teens who participated. He was joined by Derrick Brooks II, another child actor, Emily Kim, likewise a child actor, Zhoriel Tapo, a child actor and aspiring journalist who has interviewed former First Lady Michell Obama, and Sydney Schmooke.
NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough took part from the International Space Station.
Harris tweeted out the video on October 7.
Harris was interviewed by child-actors during the video
Monterey resident Trevor Bernardino, 13, told KSBW how he had to try out for the part
‘You’re going to literally see the craters on the moon with your own eyes!’ Harris said during the video
For his part, Bernardino was thrilled with meeting Harris.
‘The most exciting part was definitely meeting Vice President Harris,’ he said. ‘She just sat us down. She is super charismatic. She’s everything that I ever thought of her, plus more. She made me feel like one of her peers, and at the time I felt super important. I was talking to her face to face.’
‘Me, my mom, dad, we were speculating who could be this important that we meet them in D.C. and we get to go on cool trip and film,’ Bernardino said, describing how he ended up being included in the video.
‘Are you kidding me…the head of the space council is the vice president!’ says one of the kids in the video as they realize they would be meeting with Harris.