A Florida police department has charged Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, with battery after an incident in which Lewandowski allegedly grabbed Michelle Fields, then a reporter for the conservative site Breitbart, at a campaign event.
Breaking: CCTV video shows Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski pulling a reporter, which he denied https://t.co/Z1tFdVPnlh
— Mashable News (@MashableNews) March 29, 2016
Video footage and eyewitness accounts confirmed that Lewandowski had grabbed Fields, leaving her bruised, but Trump’s campaign and the managerial staff at Breitbart sided with Lewandowski.
After Fields and other Breitbart reporters quit due to the site’s handling of the matter, Breitbart then sent them cease and desist letters telling them not to speak out and published a story attacking Fields and another writer who left.
Trump said Fields “made the story up” and Lewandowski tweeted at Fields that she is “totally delusional.”
Lewandowski also tweeted out a sexist article from right-wing smear artist Charles C. Johnson.
@MichelleFields you are totally delusional. I never touched you. As a matter of fact, I have never even met you.
— Corey Lewandowski (@CLewandowski_) March 11, 2016
We’re Calling Bullshit On Michelle Fields – GotNews https://t.co/VKpMaSLnmm
— Corey Lewandowski (@CLewandowski_) March 10, 2016
Oddly, Trump has rarely been questioned about the incident by media and, in the midst of the controversy, Trump lavished praise on Lewandowski.
Hopefully now someone will ask Trump why he is standing behind Lewandowski.