Donald Trump’s campaign manager Corey Lewandowski is, yet again, facing allegations of physical assault.
Only a couple of weeks ago, he was accused of grabbing Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields and charged with misdemeanor battery. Before that, when he was working at Americans for Prosperity in 2013, he made an obscene comment about a female colleague, calling her a c***.
This time, he was caught on camera, grabbing the collar of and pulling back a protester he got into an argument with.
Here is Donald Trump's campaign manager in the Tucson crowd grabbing the collar of a protester. pic.twitter.com/JZ9RntWlHY— Jacqueline Alemany (@JaxAlemany) March 19, 2016
Although the Trump campaign has asserted that it was not Lewandowski but a person to his left, the hand that shows up in videos looks like his; the blazer-clad hand has the same shade as the rest of Lewandowski’s suit and what’s more, it looks like it is attached to his body.
Meanwhile, Trump’s campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks claims the Republican front-runner "does not condone violence at his rallies."
Of course, Trump himself makes that hard to say with a straight face. A choice of quotes from the candidate about how to treat protesters:
"If you see somebody getting ready to throw a tomato, knock the crap out of them."
"Maybe he should have been roughed up."
"You know what they used to do to guys like that when they were in a place like this? They'd be carried out on a stretcher, folks."
"I'd like to punch him in the face."
Yeah, sounds like he doesn't condone violence at all.
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