(The Guardian) — There’s a reason why politicians pose with babies, a reason why the oldest photo-op in the campaign manager’s handbook is of a candidate holding, embracing or kissing a tiny child. There is no faster way of humanising a politician, demonstrating that he or she is a caring, sensitive and loving human being than having them show tenderness towards an infant. Besides, everyone smiles when they see a baby – and some of that good feeling is bound to rub off on the person we see with them. We can’t help ourselves.

A prime, if subtle, example came when Michelle Obama sought to introduce her husband to the Democratic convention that nominated him for the presidency in 2008. Barack, she said, is “the same man who drove me and our new baby daughter home from the hospital 10 years ago this summer, inching along at a snail’s pace, peering anxiously at us in the rearview mirror, feeling the whole weight of her future in his hands …”

Clearly that was the one bit of Michelle Obama’s 2008 speech Team Trump didn’t, er, study closely. For we can now add to the long list of political rules Trump has broken – don’t insult the disabled, don’t insult war heroes, don’t insult the parents of a fallen soldier – one more. Don’t be mean to babies.

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