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'This Is What the News Is Like in Hell': MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Is Dumbfounded By Trump Official Playing the 'Real Victim'

The administration is completely botching its response to a self-imposed crisis, but top officials apparently want sympathy.

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President Donald Trump's administration still has thousands of immigrant kids separated from their parents by the misguided "zero-tolerance" policy on the U.S.-Mexico border, but a new report from Politico seemed to paint one Trump official at the center of the disastrous policy as sympathetic and burdened by the policy.

But MSNBC's Rachel Maddow didn't buy it.

"It's a little to take the selling of [Health and Human Services Secretary] Alex Azar as a good soldier who just happened to get caught up in the middle of this mess that he maybe, maybe, doesn't agree with," she said on her show Wednesday night. "But somebody has started selling an amazing PR story about the guy who's holding the kids taken away from their parents being the real victim here."

She then looked down and shook her head in disgust.

"Sometimes I read the news and I think I might be dead and I've gone to hell, and this is what the news is like in hell," she said. "This is particularly hard to take today, the day after Alex Azar and his Department of Health and Human Services blew past a court-imposed deadline to give back more than 100 kids under the age of 5 that they're keeping from their parents. As of yesterday afternoon, precisely four of those kids had been reunited with their parents thanks to Alex Azar's hard work."

She continued: "Apparently part of what they've been working so hard on before meeting that deadline was making sure that Alex Azar's public image would be a little more shiny than it is. Let's put some unnamed HHS officials out there to talk to to let everyone know how hard Alex Azar is working and how this totally isn't his fault."

Watch the clip below:

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Cody Fenwick is a reporter and editor. Follow him on Twitter @codytfenwick.