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MSNBC’s Ruhle Begins to Cry During Segment on Lane Graves, the Boy Killed in Disney by Gator

Just weeks ago, CNN’s Kate Bolduan was overcome by emotion while reporting on the stark images of the 5-year-old Syrian boy who was pulled safely from the rubble after airstrikes in his home country. As the details of sad and harrowing stories cross our news tickers in this industry, even the most stalwart anchors can be overcome in the moment when humanity demands something more than just reading words off of a teleprompter and tossing to a clip.

MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle found herself in that exact predicament just moments ago live on air during a story about Lane Graves, the 2-year-old boy who was heartbreakingly snatched by a gator in a Disney World lagoon in front of his parents.

The family of the young boy marked his third birthday this weekend with a celebration that was attending by hundreds in his hometown in Nebraska, as blue balloons filled the air in his honor. After playing a clip of Graves’ father tearfully remembering his son, Ruhle admitted back in 30 Rock, “That could not be a more tragic story,” as tears understandably rolled down her face.

“That little boy who was killed right there in front of his parents in Orlando just a few months ago. Its would have been his third birthday,” Ruhle continued.

The TV vet gathered herself before pivoting to the 2016 race. “We gotta turn to the election. Donald Trump…” she repeated to say after a deep breath.

Watch the raw moment above via MSNBC.

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