Donald Trump took five minutes Friday during a campaign stop in Iowa to rake the press over the coals for reporting that he had a crying baby ejected from a rally three days earlier in Virginia.
Breathless stories blared headlines about Trump ‘throwing out’ a young mother and infant who disrupted his speech.
To Trump – and most of his audience – it was a laugh riot.
‘A beautiful baby was crying. And I mean, crying like you would not believe,’ Trump explained at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines.
‘This baby could have been Pavarotti! In fact, I’m going to find out who that baby is. I’m going to make a deal with their parents because we can take that baby to training school and it will be the next great Pavarotti.’
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The late Luciano Pavarotti’s soaring tenor voice can be heard before and after every Trump rally, singing the aria ‘Nessun dorma’ from the Puccini opera ‘Turandot.’
Later Friday in Green Bay, Wisconsin, he said the tyke ‘had a voice that was superior to Pavarotti.’
‘I want to sponsor the baby!’ he announced. ‘And the baby will sing someday in Philharmonic Hall.’
‘This was a beautiful baby, and beautiful mother,’ he said Friday in Iowa. ‘And the baby was crying, and I jokingly said, “Y’know what, that’s okay. Let the baby cry. We love babies.” You know, something to that effect,’ Trump continued. ‘Love babies!’
‘And then about two minutes later, it didn’t stop. It just went on, and I’m trying to speak in front of thousands – we had thousands of people in the room – And I said, “Alright.” I actually said the first time, “Alright, keep the baby here, don’t worry about it.”
‘And after about two minutes, I said, “Y’know what? I’m going to counteract my order. Beautiful baby, eh? If you take her outside, that’s not so bad.” That was it! The whole place laughed. We had a good time.’