It’s no secret that Donald Trump’s campaign is quickly cascading into “disaster” territory, and today in an attempt to appeal to the public, he hit a new low. In the middle of his speech he spots a black child in the audience, and invites her up on stage after repeatedly commenting on how beautiful she is. However, instead of simply introducing the child, he proceeds to pick her up and kiss her. His second kiss wanders eerily close to her mouth, and the little girl turns her head to dodge Trump’s lips. You can check out the exchange below:
Personally, I find this infuriating – strangers (and friends and family, for that matter) should not feel entitled to kiss people’s children, no matter how “powerful” they are or if they are running for office. This little girl is not a baby, and this is not an instance of a politician kissing or soothing a baby (which is seen as a typical endearing action of political candidates of the past). And for “The Donald,” this is especially creepy coming from a man who has commented on dating little girls “in 10 years,” has been accused of sexual assault by 10 women (current number as of print), and has been criticized by many for discussing his inability to control himself around beautiful women with Billy Bush, voicing a need to immediately kiss them, among other inappropriate things. Not to mention the open federal lawsuit against him, which accuses Trump of raping a 13-year old girl. (Seriously, how is this man allowed to run for President of the United States?)
Many parents are teaching their children that they can and should say no when adults try to hug or kiss them and they don’t want to, as seen here. The little girl clearly turns her head to dodge the kiss – good for her.
BGLH readers, what do you think of this exchange?