In a press conference today, Donald Trump defended his campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, who was charged with battery today for manhandling journalist Michelle Fields at a campaign event.
While the GOP frontrunner’s campaign initially denied that the incident ever occurred, a video corroborated the reporter’s account of the events.
Trump continued to dismiss the charges leveled against Lewandowski while maligning Fields.
“I looked at the tape, there’s not even a change of expression on her face,” Trump said. “Then I looked at Internet, and you take a look at the tweets, and people are saying, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me.’”
When asked about the bruises on Fields’ arm, Trump said that they could’ve been “there before” as she would have “yelled out a scream or something” if she was actually hurt.
“I don’t know if there were bruises from that, who says there were bruises from that?” he continued. “How do you know those bruises weren’t there before? I don’t know what the police said. How do you know those bruises weren’t there before? I’m not a lawyer, but she said she had a bruise on her arm. To me, if you’re going to get squeezed, wouldn’t you think that she would’ve yelled out a scream or something if she has bruises on her arm?”
“You say ‘bruises on her arm,’ how did they get there? Who put them there? I don’t know that he put them there,” he added.