More Violence On The Trump Trail As Campaign Manager Allegedly Assaults A Breitbart Reporter

Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields has accused Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, of assaulting her on Tuesday night, when she tried to ask Trump a question about affirmative action during a press conference in Florida. Ben Terris of the Washington Post has corroborated her story:

As security parted the masses to give him passage out of the chandelier-lit ballroom, Michelle Fields, a young reporter for Trump-friendly Breitbart News, pressed forward to ask the GOP front-runner a question. I watched as a man with short-cropped hair and a suit grabbed her arm and yanked her out of the way. He was Corey Lewandowski, Trump’s 41-year-old campaign manager.

Fields stumbled. Finger-shaped bruises formed on her arm.

“I’m just a little spooked,” she said, a tear streaming down her face. “No one has grabbed me like that before.”

She took my arm and squeezed it hard. “I don’t even want to do it as hard as he did,” she said, “because it would hurt.”

Terris noted that after he was named as a witness to the event, the Trump campaign canceled an interview he had scheduled with Lewandowski.

Breitbart CEO Larry Solov originally equivocated on whether or not the incident happened the way Fields said it did, but said that if Lewandowski did assault Fields, “Corey owes Michelle an immediate apology.” His reluctance to take a side prompted some to suggest that Breitbart didn’t want to create distance with the Trump campaign.

Lewandowski, of course, has not only denied that this happened, but accused Michelle Fields of being an “attention seeker”:

Because, of course, our favorite turd hat Chuck C. Johnson’s GotNews is the most reputable source of information you could possibly cite. Breitbart’s commenters are eating their own, too, predictably speculating that Fields just wanted attention, must be lying — the same old, same old.

Fields responded to Lewandowski’s accusations and denial with a tweet of her own, showing her bruised arm:

Breitbart has, to their credit, stepped up to the plate for Fields today, suspending writer Patrick Howley for getting involved in the whole debacle on Twitter and questioning Fields’ motives and integrity.

Of course, the central point isn’t really the he-said-she-said. Donald Trump has suggested that a protester at one of his rallies should be “roughed up,” said that he’d like to punch a protester in the face, claimed that he could shoot someone in broad daylight and not lose supporters, and has said that he’d like to “open up our libel laws so when [newspapers] write purposely negative stories … we can sue them and make lots of money.” Trump’s campaign has yet to seriously address repeated violent incidents at their rallies — ten since October so far, including one just yesterday. In all of these cases, Fields’ included, Trump and his supporters have demonstrated a cavalier attitude toward violence and an implicit belief that if someone doesn’t agree with them, violence is an appropriate response. This is the line of reasoning of a poorly-behaved toddler. I’m aware that the majority of Americans believe our country is headed in the wrong direction; but is this seriously the direction any of us want to take instead?


[Washington Post]
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