GOP Lawmakers React to President Trump Punching Baby

By Ana Balich of

The majority of congressional Republicans have yet to comment publicly about a video taken after President Trump’s last campaign rally in which he is seen punching a nine-month-old baby and calling it a loser.

Days after the event, which has pushed many Democrats to call for the president’s resignation, some Republican party members have taken the opportunity to criticize the media, Democrats, and even the baby. Read their responses below.

Sen. Ted Cruz of TX: “I wish the president would not have gone down that road, but that’s a long way from asking him to resign from office. I did watch the video and the punch was not as bad as I was expecting. It wasn’t a very effective punch. We should consider that the consequences were not severe.”

Sen. Mark Rubio, FL: “The president is needling the press, knowing you guys are going to get outraged by it. The media has become so predictable in their response. Ooooh, punched a baby, let’s talk about it endlessly. The president has small hands so the damage was minimal. I hear the baby is recovering quite well actually.”

Rep. Devin Nunes, CA: “He can punch all the babies he wants. But until the mainstream media retracts the thousands of false stories it’s run on Trump, it should refrain from reporting anything he does.”

Sen. Kevin Cramer, ND: “I’m hearing reports the baby was wearing a ‘Smash the Patriarchy’ onesie and possibly one of those pussy hats. One thing about this president – if you go after him, he punches back. He just has a bigger punch, I don’t think it’s necessary all the time, but that’s what he does. I’m just surprised that people are surprised.”

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, KY: “As always, the Democrats are overplaying their hand. Let’s wait and see where the facts take us. We don’t even know what role the baby played in making all this come about.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham, AL, perhaps offering the strongest defense of the president to date: “Get ready for an explanation from the president that will exceed your expectations. From my point of view to ask the president to resign over this would be insane. Obama interacted with plenty of babies and no one called for his resignation. If you don’t see there’s a double standard here you are willfully blind.”

As of press time, the White House had not released an official statement; however, this morning the president tweeted, “The Baby Sucker Punch was PERFECT. Watch the video! There was NOTHING done that was in any way wrong. Republicans, don’t be led into the fools trap of saying ‘it was not perfect, but it doesn’t mean he should resign.’ No, it is much stronger than that. NOTHING WAS DONE WRONG!”


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Ana is an Ecuadorian-born Southern-ish raised mom living in Chicago with her husband and three kids. Like Justice Kavanaugh, she loves beer and hates being called out for her past drunk behavior. She blogs about raising multicultural kids at You can follow her on Facebook and Instagram