A small clip of television anchor Rachel Maddow breaking down on air has gone viral. The MSNB host was reading out news about the Trump administration operating “tender age” shelters for migrant babies and toddlers.
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
While this video may be touching the hearts of a lot of people, the news that caused her to break down on air is probably more cause for worry.
The video shows her trying to read news that was just received from the Associated Press – that there are so-called tender age shelters, where immigrant babies and young children are being placed after they’re separated from their parents at the U.S. border.
“This is incredible,” Maddow states in the video while reading the AP alert. Unable to complete her next sentence, she passed the news to the hour’s next host, saying, “I think I’m going to have to hand this off”. Rachel, later, tweeted apologizing for breaking down on camera. She mentions how, “If nothing else, it is my job to actually be able to speak while I'm on TV.” And shares a copy of the lede she had received and was trying to read.
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: 1/6 — Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@maddow) June 20, 2018
The TV show anchor has been getting a lot of support. It was a reminder of just how important human compassion is in times like this.
Thank you, Rachel, for what you do, for what you are, for having a heart.
— Raymond Keck (@raykeck14) June 20, 2018
Oh my God! I imagine millions of people can feel her horror and compassion. I don't have any words for the level of rage I have inside me right now. And I don't know what to do with it. — Machine "Pun" Kelly 😬 (@NotThatKellyAnn) June 20, 2018