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Rachel Maddow Breaks Down in Tears Delivering News of Migrant Babies Being Detained

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow just couldn’t bear to read the words in front of her on Tuesday’s show.

The words were from an AP story on the separation of children from their families at the nation’s border.

The story reads, in part:

Trump administration officials have been sending babies and other young children forcibly separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border to at least three “tender age” shelters in South Texas, The Associated Press has learned.

Lawyers and medical providers who have visited the Rio Grande Valley shelters described play rooms of crying preschool-age children in crisis. The government also plans to open a fourth shelter to house hundreds of young migrant children in Houston, where city leaders denounced the move Tuesday.

Since the White House announced its zero tolerance policy in early May, more than 2,300 children have been taken from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border, resulting in a new influx of young children requiring government care. The government has faced withering critiques over images of some of the children in cages inside U.S. Border Patrol processing stations.

Maddow understandably couldn’t keep it together and eventually asked for a graphic so that it could be shown to their readers so they could read it themselves.

When that didn’t work, she attempted to soldier on, with tears in her eyes and a waver in her voice.

Afterward, she took to Twitter to apologize for showing emotion.

“Ugh, I’m sorry. If nothing else, it is my job to actually be able to speak while I’m on TV,” she wrote. Then, after concluding what she was trying to say, she added: “Again, I apologize for losing it there for a moment. Not the way I intended that to go, not by a mile.”

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