During his town hall speech in Des Moines, Iowa, on Friday, GOP nominee Donald Trump addressed an incident at a rally earlier this week, in which he asked a mother to remove her crying baby from a venue in Ashburn, Virginia.
Trump recalled the baby was "crying like you wouldn't believe. The baby could have been [Luciano] Pavarotti," the late Italian opera singer.
"The whole place laughed, we had a good time," Trump said, contrasting the mood in the room with the press's reaction: "The press came out with headlines, 'Trump Throws Baby Out of Arena.'"
"You know how terrible that is?" he continued, alleging the media — which he's consistently demonized on the campaign trail — inflated the narrative. "It's a lie. And they know it's a lie."
"I don't throw babies out," he added. "Believe me. I love babies."