An American journalist has broken down in tears on live television as she tried to read news of the forced separation of migrant families at the US-Mexico border.
MSBNC journalist Rachel Maddow began to announce the breaking story about babies and toddlers being sent to “tender age” shelters in Texas when she began to well up.
Finding it difficult to speak she says, “this is unbelievable”, before asking if the TV crew could throw to a graphic.
Struggling through tears, Maddow tries to speak but continues shaking her head, incapable of getting the words out.
So distressed by the news Maddow asks for the live-to-air segment to be cut before saying, “I think I’m going to have to hand this off”, throwing to a reporter in the field.
News that the Trump administration has sent young children to shelters in the Rio Grande Valley has sparked outrage and disbelief in America as the implications of a “zero tolerance” policy towards illegal immigration become clearer.
- Mexico condemns ‘inhuman’ US separation of migrant families
- Fear of separation shadows immigrant families crossing US border
- Trump orders National Guard to Mexican border
The Trump administration has reportedly taken more than 2300 children from their parents since the crackdown was launched in early May.
Footage of distraught children at soulless-looking encampments have shocked the nation, prompting criticism from the United Nations and politicians across the political spectrum.
Later, Maddow took to Twitter to apologise for her emotional breakdown, writing: “Ugh, I’m sorry.”
“If nothing else, it is my job to actually be able to speak while I’m on TV.”
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
But it seems most people were sympathetic to Maddow’s reaction.
Watching Rachel Maddow break down on live television given the horror of news about where the Administration is putting babies is surreal.
— Anthony Michael Kreis (@AnthonyMKreis) June 20, 2018
“Watching Rachel Maddow break down on live television given the horror of news about where the administration is putting babies is surreal,” law professor Anthony Michael Kreis wrote.
“Rachel Maddow is no snowflake,” another Twitter user observed.
“It was hard to watch her suffer through that story. America, we are not above this, but we can be.”