Donald Trump’s campaign manager Corey Lewandowski was caught in controversy after Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields alleged that Lewandowski assaulted her at a campaign event, leaving bruises.
Lewandowski and Trump denied the incident ever occurred, called Fields “delusional,” and she resigned from Breitbart after the right-wing news outlet (and Trump propaganda machine) backed Trump instead of its own reporter. Three other Breitbart reporters followed her lead and also resigned, including editor-at-large, Ben Shapiro.
Fields had physical evidence, video footage, and a witness—Ben Terris of the Washington Post—yet both Breitbart and Trump’s team vehemently rejected accusations of wrongdoing.
Now, new video footage taken from a high angle confirms Fields’s version of events: you can clearly see Lewandowski roughly grabbing her arm and pulling her away from Trump.
Lewandowski turned himself in to police in Florida on Tuesday; he was charged with misdemeanor battery.
Despite overwhelming evidence and new footage, both Lewandowski and Trump still claim that he will suffer no consequences, and Lewandowski intends to plead not guilty to the contested charges. Trump took to Twitter to respond to the events, writing, “Wow, Corey Lewandowski, my campaign manager and a very decent man, was just charged with assaulting a reporter. Look at tapes-nothing there!”
Wow, Corey Lewandowski, my campaign manager and a very decent man, was just charged with assaulting a reporter. Look at tapes-nothing there!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 29, 2016
Trump must be looking at different tapes, because the ones released clearly show Lewandowski grabbing Fields.
Trump then suggested in a later tweet that Fields was actually the one who should face charges.
Victory press conference was over.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 29, 2016
Why is she allowed to grab me and shout questions? Can I press charges? pic.twitter.com/qbW2RjkINX
Speaking to press on his private plane in Janesville, Wisconsin, Trump implied that Fields should be held responsible for the physical altercation.
"She was actually, if you look at her .... she's grabbing at me and he's acting as an intermediary and trying to block her from doing that," Trump said. "She was running up and grabbing and asking questions."
When asked about the bruises on her arm Fields had tweeted an image of following the incident, Trump then questioned the veracity of the visual evidence.
"How do you know those bruises weren't there before," Trump said. "Wouldn't you think that you would have yelled out a scream or something if she has bruises on her arm?"
Trump has no intention of firing his campaign manager, saying he doesn't "discard people."
Lewandowski fits the extremely disturbing pattern of violence connected to Trump. According to Politico, Lewandowski has previously been “rough with reporters and sexually suggestive with female journalists, while profanely berating conservative officials and co-workers he deemed to be challenging his authority.”
When initially confronted with the accusation that he assaulted Fields, a reporter of an extremely right-wing site, Lewandowski shrugged and said he hadn’t realized she worked for Breitbart (implying it would be excusable otherwise).
Lewandowski is apparently fully confident he will be exonerated.
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