Are you listening, Laura Ingraham? This is how a real human, and not a robot imitating the cadences of a human, reads a news story about what’s happening at the border right now:
When MSNBC host Rachel Maddow tried to read a breaking news story about “tender age shelters,” where immigrant babies and young children are currently being placed after they’re separated from their parents, she couldn’t even finish. She teared up halfway through and said, “I think I’m going to have to hand this off.” There was no mention of summer camps.
See, according to the Associated Press, Trump administration officials have been sending children to age-specific shelters as part of their “zero tolerance” (a.k.a. “zero morality”) immigration policy. But some of these shelters have included children with special needs.
The administration has been apparently downplaying the horror of this cruel separation of special-needs children from their parents by saying that the shelters “have very well-trained clinicians,” and that the facilities “meet state licensing standards for child welfare agencies, and they’re staffed by people who know how to deal with the needs.” That’s a quote from Steven Wagner, an official at the Department of Health and Human Services who should probably look at his life and look at his choices.
Anyway, Maddow later apologized for her mild unprofessionalism (again, are you listening Laura Ingraham?) and tweeted out the actual report she was going to read. The news in tweet form was definitely not as dramatic as the news being delivered by a Rachel Maddow, but it was still something.
Thankfully, a number of Democrats are clamoring for the border horrors to stop and for Kirstjen Nielsen, the Secretary of Homeland Security to resign. Nielsen was heckled by protestors as she exited a Mexican restaurant Tuesday evening. If Flagrant had been on the scene, trust us, she’d been pelted with chimichangas.