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Rachel Maddow Breaks Down Reporting On Separated Children At The Border

At the end of her MSNBC show last night, Rachel Maddow was handed breaking news by the Associate Press about the Trump administration operating “tender age” shelters for migrant babies and toddlers.

As has been widely reported, journalists who have toured the facilities have described the experience being similar to “visiting an animal shelter.”

Coming after an hour of reporting on the “zero tolerance” policy, Maddow tried to read the report live on air she kept choking up while speaking.

“This has just come out from the Associated Press,” she began, then paused, as her emotions were clearly taking hold.

She attempted to continue reading, but her voice broke.

Trying to get the camera off of her, Maddow asked producers to put up a graphic, but it’s not ready.

There was a final attempt before shaking her head, saying: “I think I’m gonna have to hand this off.”

And that’s exactly what happened. Thankfully Lawrence O’Donnell was at the ready for the handoff into the next hour.

Maddow later apologized via Twitter to her viewers:

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