In this week’s upcoming podcast, Evie and I are talking about our reactions to the Democratic National Convention. And I talked about how I vote for candidates, which might be a little surprising. I listen to the speeches…sort of. But mostly, I pay attention to the negative space. The space in between the speeches. The moments when the candidates don’t know the cameras are on them, when they think they’re not being filmed. That’s when we can see the true character of a candidate. And that’s how I make my decision.
So last week, I realized that while I’ve had a chance to see Hilary Clinton in a lot of different unscripted moments, I haven’t yet seen Donald Trump in these situations, so I set out to find a few. When I Googled it, one of the first choices was a very recent speech from Trump at a town hall meeting in northern Virginia. I took a look. He started speaking and all of a sudden, a baby started crying.
His first reaction?
He said, “Don’t worry about that baby, I love babies. I love babies. I hear that baby crying, I like it. I like it. What a baby, what a beautiful baby. Don’t worry, don’t worry. The mom’s running around — don’t worry about it.”. What a great way to treat this mom who is probably very stressed that her child is crying during his speech. I was impressed. I thought, maybe I’m not giving this guy enough credit. I need to watch more! And I’m so glad I did, because…
A few moments went by, and the baby started crying again. Honestly, it wasn’t that loud, and I could barely hear it. But Trump could. And what did he say as she was heading to the exit???
“Actually, I was only kidding. You can get the baby out of here. That’s all right. Don’t worry. 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.”
Ok, what?? Dude, are you kidding me???
In an election where motherhood was the THEME of the Democratic National Convention; the skill and talents of mothers, the celebration of mothers…Trump chose to completely humiliate and shame a mother on national television?
The negative space. This is how I choose who I vote for.
PS: For what it’s worth, the mother says she wasn’t kicked out of the rally and she *knew* Trump was joking. She said she appreciated the humor. She left the rally later, on her own accord, after she came back to her seat.
Maybe the media will apologize. But is it too late? Could be for me.