Rachel Maddow was overcome with emotion while discussing children getting separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border on "The Rachel Maddow Show" Tuesday evening.
The MSNBC anchor began discussing how infants and toddlers under the age of 3 have been taken from their parents at the the border of South Texas and Mexico and put into "tender age" shelters, but she got so choked up, she had to cut the segment early.
After the emotional clip aired, Maddow took to Twitter to apologize for the breakdown and share an outline of what she meant to say during the broadcast.
"Ugh, I'm sorry," she wrote in a series of tweets. "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."
Maddow then shared the AP article she attempted to read on air, adding, "Again, I apologize for losing it there for a moment. Not the way I intended that to go, not by a mile."
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:
"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, “Toddlers are being detained.”