One of Donald Trump’s key campaign officials, manager Corey Lewandowski, has been plunged into a firepit of condemnation from members of the media after he was allegedly caught nearly slinging one of Breitbart’s reporters to the ground at a press conference in Florida.
As Politico first reported, citing an unnamed source who reportedly saw the situation as it unfolded: “Corey Lewandowski forcibly yanked Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields out of the way after his press conference in Florida. … Fields was attempting to ask Trump a question as he exited the press conference.”
Politico, citing the source’s statements, then said Secret Service was beginning to clear a path for Trump to walk, when Lewandowski physically grabbed Fields by the arm, “moving her out of the way and nearly bringing her down to the ground.”
Daily Caller senior editor Jaime Weinstein, Fields’s boyfriend, tweeted out his outrage.
“Trump always surrounds himself w thugs. Tonight thug Corey Lewandowski tried to pull my gf @MichelleFields to ground when she asked tough q.”
Breitbart, meanwhile, posted an editor’s note, written by CEO and president Larry Solov, on its news website about the incident.
It read: “It’s obviously unacceptable that someone crossed a line and ma[d]e physical contact with our reporter. What Michelle told us directly is that someone ‘grabbed her arm’ and while she did not see who it was, Ben Terris of the Washington Post told her that it was Corey Lewandowski. If that’s the case, Corey owes Michelle an immediate apology.”
The Hill picked up the story as well, noting another act of violence that occurred on the Trump campaign trail just a few weeks ago.
In late February, a photographer covering a Trump rally in Virginia was slammed to a table by a security guard, the Hill reported. As WND noted, the incident, which was captured on video, actually kicked off when the photographer, later identified as Chris Morris with Time, told the security agent, who turned out to be with Secret Service, “f–k you” before he was thrown to the ground. Morris then kicked at the agent’s hands, jumped to his feet and grabbed the official’s throat. Morris said after the event he was “assaulted first,” but declined to press charges.