How about that? From WaPo FactChecker Glenn Kessler:
Trump is right: He didn’t kick a baby out of a campaign rally
There are two parts to the video. During his speech a baby starts to cry, and Trump says: “Don’t worry about that baby, I love babies. … I hear that baby crying. I like it. What a baby. What a beautiful baby. Don’t worry, don’t worry. The mom’s running around like — don’t worry about it, you know. It’s young and beautiful and healthy, and that’s what we want.”
But then about a minute later he says: “Actually, I was only kidding. You can get the baby out of here. … I think she really believed me that I love having a baby crying while I’m speaking.”
So, just from watching the video, Trump sounds rather cruel. But what’s missing is what the mother was doing. As it happens, Daniel Dale, a reporter from the Toronto Star, was sitting right behind her and wrote that the entire incident was mischaracterized.
Ah, well, no spoilers here.
[Trump] also cannot be contained because he lacks the inner equipment that makes decent behavior possible. So many of our daily social interactions depend on a basic capacity for empathy. But Trump displays an absence of this quality.
Brooks' defenders will argue that calling attention to the baby and its mother was inappropriate whatever his intent. Mom is straining to make herself invisible and, especially, inaudible, and Trump is having fun with her at the podium. Really?
But Brooks includes a link to an uncorrected CNN story so what about that?