Some presidential candidates earn brownie points for making nice with infants, but apparently Donald Trump is not one of them. The Republican presidential nominee raised eyebrows and hackles when it was reported that he actually had a crying baby thrown out of his rally in Ashburn, Virginia, on Tuesday.
— Mashable (@mashable) August 2, 2016
Onlookers were in disbelief, reports Fox News, when Donald Trump “beefed up his personal security” by having the infant (and presumably its mother, too) thrown out of his event because the baby was making noise. Initially, Trump responded to the “nuisance” of a crying baby with a joke, assuring the mother that he loves babies.
“Don’t worry about it. I love babies. I hear that baby crying, I like it. What a baby. What a beautiful baby. Don’t worry, don’t worry. The mom’s running around like — don’t worry about it, you know. It’s young and beautiful and healthy and that’s what we want.”
The interaction between Donald Trump, the crying infant, and its mother was captured on video, and in the recording, the sound made by the baby is almost completely inaudible.
However, despite the fact that the mics barely picked up the sound of the baby’s cries, Donald Trump’s magnanimous tolerance of the noise didn’t last long. The presidential hopeful initially tried to appear unfazed by the child, and he continued his one-sided discussion about China and the value of that nation’s currency.
Donald Trump couldn’t keep his speech going, though, and was clearly distracted and unable to concentrate as the baby’s quiet protests continued in the background. Trump was only able to take presence of the baby for about another minute before he demanded that it be removed. When he called for the baby to be taken away, Donald Trump tried to explain that he was only kidding when he said he didn’t mind the sound.
“Actually, I was only kidding, you can get the baby out of here.”
Donald trump out here saying abortion should be illegal but he kicking a baby out of his speech cause it's annoying
— Tyde Levi (@TydeLevi) August 3, 2016
Jimmy Fallon: "Donald Trump is at a rally today and starts yelling, 'Remove the crying baby!" The Secret Service removed Trump immediately."
— Roger Simon (@politicoroger) August 3, 2016
And just last month The Onion rejected my story on Donald Trump fighting a baby as “too far fetched, even for satire”.
— Top Conservative Cat (@TeaPartyCat) August 3, 2016
Trump, by this time obviously flustered by the interruption the crying baby caused, continued to verbally disparage the mother of the upset infant to the crowd of Donald Trump fans attending the Virginia event.
“I think she really believed me that I love having a baby crying while I’m speaking. That’s OK. People don’t understand.”
As CNN reports, it didn’t take long for Trump’s political rivals to start criticizing him for his treatment of one of his youngest potential supporters. Later Tuesday afternoon, Tim Kaine spoke out about the almost incomprehensible incident. Kaine, who is currently a Virginia senator as well as Hillary Clinton’s VP pick, didn’t seem very impressed with Donald Trump’s behavior.
“I saw that Donald Trump kicked a crying baby out of an event earlier today, so as I’m thinking about pre-K, sometimes you wonder who the baby is. Right? You wonder who the baby is.”
Kaine also took to Twitter, a favorite Donald Trump communication medium, to mock Trump for his actions, which took place in Kaine’s state.
First Trump attacked the Hotel Roanoke. Then a Gold Star VA family. Today, he kicked a baby out of a VA rally. Virginia is not for haters!
— Senator Tim Kaine (@timkaine) August 2, 2016
Social media users weighed in on the babygate debate, too. Their opinions on Donald Trump ejecting an infant from his event largely seemed dependent on their individual political affiliations. According to most of Trump’s rabid supporters, the mother of the crying baby should be ashamed of herself.
@timkaine the baby was crying how can he concentrate? It's up to the mother to leave
— –Never HIllary– (@cuteangiie) August 2, 2016
However, this stance fails to take into account that not two minutes before booting the wailing infant from the rally, Donald Trump praised the child and told its mother “don’t worry.”
STORY UPDATE: Donald Trump mocked by artist by erecting a 'wall' around Hollywood Walk of Fame star … and baby pic.twitter.com/UTGl8J3ClB
— RiotWomenn (@RiotWomennn) August 3, 2016
Those who already didn’t support Trump prior to the former reality TV star kicking a baby out of his political event didn’t seem to have much sympathy for his plight. Indeed, some asked a pretty obvious question. Namely, how can Trump handle the stresses of the U.S. presidency if he can’t weather the storm of a single crying infant for more than a couple of minutes?
@cuteangiie how the hell can you run for president if a baby crying bothers you. It's call talk louder. How about everyone with kids leave
— Juanita J Williams (@mizj626n) August 2, 2016
What do you think? Was Trump correct in kicking out the distressed infant? Is it presidential to be intolerant of something as inconsequential as a little baby’s cries? Should Donald Trump have publicly humiliated the baby’s mother after assuring her not to worry?
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