“You can get the baby out of here.”
The image of a politician kissing a baby is a well-worn cliché, but once again, Donald Trump is proving he isn’t like any political candidate you’ve seen before. And he certainly isn’t kissing any babies.
The Republican nominee for President of the United States has kicked people out of his campaign events before – for example, protestors and reporters – but on Tuesday, he kicked a baby out of a rally. That’s right. A baby.
During a campaign stop in Virginia on Tuesday, a baby began to cry as Trump spoke about China.
At first, Trump seemed okay with the fussiness. “Don’t worry about that baby. I love babies. I love babies! I hear that baby crying, I like it. I like it!” said Trump. “What a baby. What a beautiful baby.”
But as he continued his speech, talking about how the US should “fight back” against China devaluing their currency, which has, he says, “ripped us to shreds,” the baby continued to fuss. Trump then interrupted his China tirade to clarify his position on crying babies.
“Actually I was only kidding. You can get the baby out of here.” As the audience chuckled, he continued, “I think she really believed me that I love having a baby crying while I’m speaking. That’s okay. People don’t understand. That’s okay.”
Twitter had some fun with the incident.
I think what makes Trump so lovable is that he didn’t have that mom with the crying baby shot even tho she should have really taken his hint
— John Hodgman (@hodgman) August 2, 2016
the baby he attacked still has a more presidential temperament than donald trump
— Erin Gloria Ryan (@morninggloria) August 2, 2016
Virginia senator and Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine weighed in later in the day, during a campaign stop in Florida. “I saw Donald Trump kicked a crying baby out of an event earlier today . . . sometimes you wonder who the baby is.”
After a string of embarrassing missteps including plagiarism claims against Melania, Donald groping his daughter on stage, and most recently and much more seriously, his attack on the parents of a fallen Muslim American soldier, people are increasingly questioning the viability of the Trump campaign.
Comment: Is the Trump campaign in meltdown mode?