US news anchor Rachel Maddow struggled to fight back tears as she reported on migrant children being detained in 'tender age' shelters.
The MSNBC host was doing a live broadcast on her show last night (June 19) when she began a report on the US government taking babies and young children from their parents as they attempted to cross the border from Mexico into America illegally.
"This is incredible," she began. "Trump administration officials have been sending babies and other young children..."
Rachel Maddow chokes up and cries on air as she struggles to deliver news that migrant babies and toddlers have been sent to "tender age" shelters pic.twitter.com/O6crm8cvyR- Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) June 20, 2018
However, the anchor began to well-up as she tried to continue the sentence, and eventually asked for a graphic to be put up on the story.
Yet Maddow struggled to continue, admitting: "I think I'm going to have to hand this off," as she swiftly wrapped up the show and passed over to a colleague.
The anchor later tweeted that she was "sorry" and wrote what she originally intended to say, adding: "I apologize for losing it there for a moment. Not the way I intended that to go, not by a mile."
"Trump administration officials have been sending babies and other young children forcibly separated from their parents to at least three “tender age” shelters in South Texas...- Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@maddow) June 20, 2018
"Decades after the nation’s child welfare system ended the use of orphanages over concerns about the lasting trauma to children, the administration is standing up new institutions to hold Central American toddlers that the government separated from their parents...- Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@maddow) June 20, 2018
All from this Associated Press story that broke while I was on the air tonight, but which I was unable to read on the air:https://t.co/2VBLTVxvQq- Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@maddow) June 20, 2018
Again, I apologize for losing it there for a moment. Not the way I intended that to go, not by a mile.
The AP report itself details information from lawyers and medical examiners from three shelters in southern Texas, describing rooms of crying pre-school age children.
It stems from the President Donald Trump's widely condemned "zero tolerance" policy on immigration, which is thought to have forcibly removed thousands of children from their parents.
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