"I don't throw babies out. Believe me, I love babies": Donald Trump on baby-gate

"The whole place laughed, we had a good time," Trump reminisced about the time he kicked a baby out of his rally

Published August 5, 2016 9:02PM (EDT)

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."

By Brendan Gauthier

Brendan Gauthier is a freelance writer.

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