MSNBC host Rachel Maddow broke out in tears Tuesday night while reporting on young children being separated from their parents and sent to “tender age” shelters along the border with Mexico.
The political commentator was live on “The Rachel Maddow Show” when she was overcome with emotion by her report.
“I think I’m going to have to hand this off. Sorry, that does it for us tonight. We’ll see you tomorrow,” she said before passing the broadcast over to “The Last Word” host Lawrence O’Donnell.
Maddow later apologized on Twitter for her tearful display.
“Ugh, I’m sorry,” she wrote, adding: “If nothing else, it is my job to actually be able to speak while I’m on TV.”
She said she “suddenly couldn’t say/do anything” while she was trying to read an Associated Press story that she added in a series of tweets.
“‘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,” she quoted from the AP.
“Again, I apologize for losing it there for a moment. Not the way I intended that to go, not by a mile,” Maddow wrote.
Her comments come amid a fierce backlash the Trump administration has faced in recent days over its zero-tolerance immigration policy after more than 2,300 children were taken from their parents at the US-Mexico border.
On Tuesday, the president encouraged House Republicans to approve two GOP immigration reform bills and encouraged Congress to make a legislative change so children can remain with their families.
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