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
Courtesy of The Hill:
MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow broke down in tears on-air over a report about the Trump administration operating “tender age” shelters for migrant babies and toddlers.
Maddow choked up while reading the first lines of the Associated Press’ report on the three facilities where children under the age of 13 are being sent after being separated from their parents at the border.
She was unable to read the description of the shelters, first asking a producer to display a graphic, and then deciding to abruptly end her segment.
“I think I’m going to have to hand this off, sorry,” the MSNBC host said through tears.
I have been a loyal viewer of Rachel Maddow’s for years now and I have never seen her respond to the news like this.
My daughter and I were watching together when this story broke and we were stunned.
Here is the article that Maddow was trying to read when she was rendered speechless by her emotions.
Courtesy of the AP:
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 playrooms 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.
Decades after the nation’s child welfare system ended the use of orphanages over concerns about the lasting trauma to children, the administration is standing up new institutions to hold Central American toddlers that the government separated from their parents.
“The thought that they are going to be putting such little kids in an institutional setting? I mean it is hard for me to even wrap my mind around it,” said Kay Bellor, vice president for programs at Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, which provides foster care and other child welfare services to migrant children. “Toddlers are being detained.”
Not at all hard to understand why Maddow lost it while reading through that.
Right after the handoff to Lawrence O’Donnell I turned to my daughter and said that Rachel would be terribly embarrassed by her performance and likely open her show today with an apology.
Well, she did not even wait that long.
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
Rachel Maddow, of course, has nothing for which to be ashamed. She responded to this unbelievable news like a human being.
Afterward, my daughter asked me why EVERYBODY was not responding to what was happening in a similar fashion.
I actually attempted to explain how those in the Trump Administration viewed these immigrants, as future Democrats, as aliens, as “the other,” but then I eventually gave up and simply said: “I don’t know.”
Decades ago it was a shaken Walter Cronkite who told America that the war in Vietnam was lost and that eventually helped to bring that war to an end.
I wonder if seeing journalists breaking down while covering this story might soon bring this atrocity to an end as well?