Don Lemon Wells Up Over Photo Of Drowned Migrant Father And Daughter: 'I Can't'

“Sorry, that picture. I can’t even look at it. I can’t even look at it," said the CNN host.

Don Lemon appeared overwhelmed emotionally as he reported on the deaths of a Salvadoran migrant and his 23-month-old daughter who were photographed drowned this week trying to cross the Rio Grande into the U.S.

The host of “CNN Tonight” on Tuesday told fellow network anchor Chris Cuomo that he was unable to even look at the photograph of Oscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez and his young daughter, Angie Valeria, face down in the shallow water near the river’s bank.

“Sorry, that picture. I can’t even look at it. I can’t even look at it, Chris, every time it comes up I just have to look away, I can’t. And I’m not being dramatic, it’s just...” Lemon explained.

Cuomo responded:

Dramatic? Of course it kills you. It kills every part of you. Every part of us that makes us human. This issue, not since what I saw during the war, that was being ignored here at the home, has something ripped at me and made me feel like I’m not doing my job right.

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Later on in the show, Lemon said the “shocking” and “devastating” photograph truly showed “what the immigration crisis looks like.”

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