Trump’s apparent tactic of using kids to increase his appeal might have worked better if he had any kind of natural rapport with them. Instead, all you can do here is feel insurmountable pity for the youngster in his arms.
When Obama hoists a smiling child into his arms, however, it looks natural – and surely increases his appeal. After all, being able to look up to your president as both a role model and a father figure is pretty important.
Indeed, some might say that kids are something of a means to an end for Trump, who was clearly happy to include them in his campaign rallies. On some level it must have worked, but considering how disinterested some of these children look, we can’t imagine that it was a decisive factor in his electoral success.