In a move that can surely be conceived as an effort to keep the actors of Saturday Night Live gainfully employed, Donald Trump once again made headlines in his circus of the absurd, this time for kicking a mother and her crying child out of a Virginia rally.
As a mother, of course, I was angry when I first read these headlines. We all know how difficult it is to venture out of the house with our children in tow, and I couldn’t even imagine attempting to attend a political rally with a baby. But after seeing the video of the incident, my anger became palpable for a different reason.
The problem here isn’t that Donald Trump kicked a crying baby out of a rally. If my child started crying in a situation where there was an expectation of quiet, I would probably excuse myself at any rate. The problem with Trump’s actions in this particular circumstance is that he initially stated that the baby’s wailing wasn’t a big deal.
You can clearly hear the baby crying in the background of Trump’s speech which he follows with,
“Don’t worry about that baby; I love babies. 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.”
Don’t those words just make you want to sit your ass back down, listen to the GOP presidential nominee ramble on about being great, and tend to your weeping darling? Shit, if I’d been the mother in this situation, I’d be incredibly relieved and maybe even appreciative of Mr. Trump, but then, as he has done on so many topics, so often, Donald Trump flip-flopped on his previous statement.
“Actually, I was only kidding. You can get the baby out of here. That’s all right. Don’t worry.” Trump went on to a shocked crowd.
“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.”
But that’s the thing right there. That’s the elephant in the room wherever Trump is; it is not okay. It’s not okay to say one thing and then change your mind and say a completely opposite thing.
In this world, we can only judge a person’s character by two things: their words and their actions. And every time Trump opens his mouth or his Twitter feed, we can see that one thing is painfully true, he cannot be trusted with what he says one day and what he does the next — or in this case 60 seconds after the fact.
Keep talking Mr. Trump, because you are just proving what Maya Angelou taught us many years ago, “When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.”