(CBS SF) – Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump told a mother and her crying child to leave his rally in Virginia on Tuesday, moments after he complimented them.
According to Sopan Deb, a CBS News reporter covering the Trump campaign, Trump was speaking to a crowd in Auburn, Virginia when he stopped to acknowledge a crying baby in the crowd.READ MORE: COVID: Bay Area Vaccine Hunters Help Those Eligible Struggling To Find Appointments
“I love babies. I hear that baby crying. I like it,” Trump said.
Trump then told the baby’s mother not to worry. “It’s young and beautiful and healthy and that’s what we want,” he went on to say.
The Republican nominee then continued to speak about economics when the baby started to cry again.
“Actually, I was only kidding, you can get the baby out of here,” he said. “I think she really believed me that I love having a baby crying while I’m speaking.”
Deb posted a transcript of the candidates remarks.READ MORE: Twitter Sues Texas AG Over Alleged Retaliation For Banning Trump's Account After Capitol Riot
Trump’s remarks were not unnoticed by his critics, including California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom.
Candidates usually portray themselves as friendly towards families, oftentimes posing with babies handed to them at events.MORE NEWS: COVID Reopening: San Francisco Unified Reveals More Details Of April Reopening
The tradition of candidates being handed babies to kiss reportedly dates back to the presidency of Andrew Jackson in the early 1800s.