Rachel Maddow broke into tears when reporting on a breaking Associated Press report tonight.
Maddow was coming to the end of her show Tuesday night, saying that the youngest children being separated from their parents under the U.S.’s Zero Tolerance illegal immigration policy are being sent to “tender age” shelters.
“Officials have been sending babies and other young children … to at least three…“
She had to stop because she apparently couldn’t process the news and get the words out. She asked her team to put up a graphic from the story. They didn’t. She pulled it together enough to say,
“I think I’m going to hand this off. Sorry. That’s it for tonight, we’ll see you again tomorrow, but it is time for The Last Word With Lawrence O’Donnell, where he is live in Brownsville, Texas.“
She turned to the side as O’Donnell appeared in split screen.
The AP story broke while Maddow was on air said that government officials were sending babies and other young children to three so-called “tender age” shelters in South Texas.
This is the latest development in the story about the U.S. government’s controversial “Zero Tolerance” illegal immigration policy, which separates families when adults are imprisoned for crossing the U.S. border illegally.
So far, more than 2,300 children have been separated from their parents at the border.
After her broadcast on Tuesday night, Maddow apologized on Twitter for her emotions getting the best of her,
“Ugh, I’m sorry. If nothing else, it is my job to actually be able to speak while I’m on TV. What I was trying to do — when I suddenly couldn’t say/ do anything — was read this lede. Again, I apologize for losing it there for a moment. Not the way I intended that to go, not by a mile.“
I was tuned in and it was shocking to see her unable to continue. She’s not an actress nor is she overly dramatic but she just couldn’t get the words out. Heartbreaking. Not her breakdown, but what she was reporting on. Try not to cry.
Ugh, I'm sorry.
If nothing else, it is my job to actually be able to speak while I'm on TV.
What I was trying to do — when I suddenly couldn't say/do anything — was read this lede:
— Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@maddow) June 20, 2018
(via Hollywood Reporter)