After drawing flak for his insensitive comments on the parents of US Army captain killed in Iraq in 2014, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has yet again managed to grab the world’s attention- of course, on a wrong note.
On Tuesday, at a campaign rally in Ashburn, Virginia, Trump told a mother holding a crying baby not to worry about it and that he loved crying babies in his rallies. However, when the baby didn’t stop crying, he told the mother that she could take her baby away.
“I love babies. I hear that baby cry, 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,” CNN quoted Trump.
But moments later when the baby still cried, he said laughing: “Actually I was only kidding, you can get the baby out of here. “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.”
The Democrats were quick to pounce on the news of the incident.
Hillary Clinton’s running mate Virginia Sen Tim Kaine said: “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.”
Last week, Trump reacted to the killed soldier Humayun Khan’s father Khizr Khan’s remarks in a TV interview by saying that he had indeed sacrificed by employing thousands of people, and raising “millions of dollars” for veterans when the later had asked him about the sacrifices he had made for the country.
He had said Khan appeared “very emotional and probably looked like a nice guy to me.” He had also commented on Khan’s wife Ghazala, who was standing beside her husband at the DNC by saying, “she was standing there, she had nothing to say, she probably, maybe she wasn’t allowed to have anything to say, you tell me.”
Earlier, Trump had threatened Hotel Roanoke in Virginia with non-payment of bills after using a ballroom which he claimed had inadequate air conditioning. The hotel is fighting back his claim.