MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts broke down on-air Friday while reporting live from Charleston, South Carolina.
Emotion welled up within the news anchor as he watched hundreds of people arrive at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston singing Gospel songs. As the scene was unfolding, accused shooter Dylann Roof was standing for his bond hearing in another part of town.
What Roberts did not realize was that conservative television commentator and radio talk show host Glenn Beck was responsible for the crowd. The media personality had flown in to Charleston and asked people to join him in a nearby park to pray.
The Blaze’s deputy managing editor Jonathan Seidl tweeted this image out from the MSNBC coverage.
The hundreds of people who attended the prayer meeting then marched down to the AME Church in a show of support to the congregation.
The Blaze reports:
“Can we look over here right now. It’s kind of heartbreaking,” Roberts said, his voice cracking, “They’re singing and a whole flood of people showed up at the same time.”
Roberts remained turned away from the camera, not wanting viewers to see the emotion of the moment had overtaken him.
“So you’re hearing from the family, and then this whole group of people showed up. And they’re singing a gospel song. … I apologize,” he said, stopping himself and trying to fight back tears.
The MSNBC anchor was referring to several family members forgiving Roof during his bond hearing, which Western Journalism covered. (See also video below.)
“But you can see the outpouring of support for his community. It goes all the way down the street of people who showed up at the exact same time that this arraignment was going on,” Roberts continued, amazed.
“I’m sorry,” he concluded, before a guest stepped in.
Below, family members of the victims address accused shooter Dylann Roof for the first time, as he appears for his bond hearing.
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