- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 9, 2016

The mother of a baby who was reportedly “kicked out” of a Donald Trump rally last week says the media have blown the joke completely out of proportion.

Several news organizations spun the tale of Mr. Trump kicking a crying infant out of his Ashburn, Virginia, rally, on Friday, using it as an example to paint the Republican presidential nominee of being out of touch.

“You can get the baby out of here,” Mr. Trump said to laughter after the baby continued to cry.

“It was so blown out of proportion,” mother Devan Ebert, a Virginia resident, said Monday night on Fox News’ “Hannity,” The Hill reported.

“I knew he was joking right from the beginning,” she said. “It was great he provided that comic relief for me.”

She added, “Don’t trust what you hear the media reporting.”

In an interview with The Washington Post, Ms. Ebert said she was “never kicked out of the rally.”

She said that she decided to leave the auditorium on her own because “it’s the considerate thing to do for others around, trying to listen or for those presenting,” adding that “it was blatantly obvious he was joking.”

Ms. Ebert said she went right back to her seat once her child quieted down.

“I had a wonderful time, and I appreciate Trump’s graciousness during a time that is usually considered stressful,” she told The Post.

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