“I cannot even imagine what Mr. Heyer is feeling right now,” said Michael Nutter on the show.CNN’s Kate Bolduan teared up on-air after a poignant and heartbreaking speech by the father of Heather Heyer, the 32-year-old killed in the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend.
Mark Heyer made a powerful speech about his daughter’s life at her memorial service on Wednesday morning, saying, “She loved people. She wanted equality. She wanted to put down hate.”
While shifting to a discussion of the remarks, Bolduan’s voice cracked as she introduced contributor and former Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter.
Nutter, also clearly affected by the speech, said he has a 34-year-old son and a 22-year-old daughter and “cannot even imagine what Mr. Heyer is feeling right now.” Nutter also called the deadly violence in Charlottesville a “nightmare.”
As Nutter spoke, Bolduan was visibly upset. It did not go unnoticed by viewers, many of whom tweeted their support for Bolduan’s show of emotion:
“We’re passionate about our children and we’re often passionate about what they’re passionate about. I think the message he tried to deliver there at the end, about the love, is not just a throwaway kind of thing … He’s really communicating a national message for where we are,” Nutter added.
Bolduan wasn’t the only CNN personality to share their sadness on-air this week. Van Jones, host of CNN’s “The Messy Truth,” also got weepy while speaking with Anderson Cooper on Tuesday.
Some on social media have criticized Jones and Bolduan for their emotions, but there’s no question that what happened in Charlottesville is a tragedy.