Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump told a mother that she didn’t have to take her crying baby out of his rally today, only to change his mind moments later.
“Don’t worry about that baby. I love babies," Trump said when he heard the baby crying at his rally in Ashburn, Virginia, Tuesday. "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.”
Trump briefly returned to his remarks about China, before saying, “Actually, I was only kidding, you can get the baby out of here."
"That’s all right,” Trump said. “Don’t worry. I think she really believed me that I love having a baby crying while I’m speaking. That’s OK. People don’t understand. That’s OK."
Twitter users were quick to mock Trump’s indecision.
Another baby has started crying. A different baby. Will update if Trump tries to have this baby thrown out as well.— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) August 2, 2016
Only Trump is allowed to act like a baby at his rallies. https://t.co/yV48serZYW— (((AG))) (@AG_Conservative) August 2, 2016
98 days to go: Trump boots baby from rally https://t.co/r93Gs1EBdm— Nick Gass (@NickGass) August 2, 2016
Baby cries— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) August 2, 2016
Trump: "I hear that baby crying, I like it!”
Trump: "you can get the baby outta here"
Watch Donald Trump totally destroy this idiot baby https://t.co/2uvkRRAC0Q— Liam Donovan (@LPDonovan) August 2, 2016
Some mocked the media’s reaction to the moment.
This Trump baby thing is being taken SUPER SERIALLY by journalists. So I guess it wasn't said as a joke? Sounds like Trumpian humor, no?— Mollie (@MZHemingway) August 2, 2016
The controversy continued when Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, entered the fray by criticizing Trump for kicking the baby out of the rally.
Watch the moment from Trump’s rally below:
As baby cries during rally, Trump first says "I love babies," then "Kidding, you can get the baby out of here." https://t.co/FhVeiFAelU— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) August 2, 2016
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