Rachel Maddow breaks down on live TV during report about detention centre for babies

MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow broke down in tears during a live TV segment yesterday about detention facilities for babies and children under the age of three.

The moment comes after a storm of criticism towards the Trump administration over its policy of removing undocumented children from their parents.

Harrowing footage has emerged from detention facilities in Texas, where children who crossed the US border have been separated from their parents and are being kept in cages.

Maddow had been attempting to read a breaking news alert about a detention facility for babies and toddlers under-three, but was overcome by emotion.


She said: “AP has just broken some new news, and this is incredible… Trump administration officials have been sending babies… and other young children… to at least three ‘tender age’ shelters in South Texas.”

The anchor attempted to continue to read the breaking news item, taking long pauses as she sobbed.

Rachel Maddow (MSNBC)

She eventually opted to end the show without finishing reading the item, saying:  “I think I’m going to have to hand this off. Sorry. That’s all from us tonight, we’ll see you again tomorrow.”

The next MSNBC host, Lawrence O’Donnell, then covered the issue.

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