Possible Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump told a group in Iowa on Wednesday that he had “great restraint” for not insulting a baby who was crying while he was talking about his ambitions for the White House.
Speaking to a group of Republicans at Wartburg College in Waverly, Trump used the crying baby to make a point about how other countries took advantage of the United States.
“Who has the oil?” Trump said, referring to Iraq. “ISIS has the oil. We could have had the oil. ISIS has the oil. ISIS! And the rest of it is had by Iran.”
“We have to be very, very careful. We have to be very, very strong,” the reality star insisted. “We’re going to take back all our money from the people who have been taking advantage. People like — did you hear that baby that was crying before? It’s like taking that baby’s candy right out of her mouth.”
Trump added: “And did you notice that baby was crying through half of the speech and I didn’t get angry? Not once. Did you notice that? That baby was driving me crazy. I didn’t get angry once because I didn’t want to insult the parents for not taking the kid out of the room!”
According to Trump, his ability not to insult crying babies was called “restraint.”
“I have great restraint,” he insisted.
Later in the question and answer period, Trump continued to compliment himself, arguing that he would be called “the most successful person ever to run for the office of president.”
“You drive down the West Side highway [in New York City] and you see Trump all over the place,” he said. “It drives you crazy. Trump! Trump!
“But I swear to you I’m not going to change the name of the White House. I swear.”
Watch the video below, originally live streamed from Wartburg College by Jeanne Edson.