In response to the Trump campaign’s denial of the assault, Fields tweeted a picture of her fresh bruises. By many witness' accounts, Lewandowski nearly flung Fields to the ground “like a ragdoll.”
Corey Lewandowski Roughs Up Breitbart Reporter
BY JUANI HOPWOOD
Donald Trump’s campaign manager Corey Lewandowski forcibly grabbed Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields at a press conference on Tuesday night. Fields had stepped forward at the end of the press conference to ask Trump a question about affirmative action when Lewandowski seized ahold of her forearm.
Washington Post reporter Ben Terris confirmed that he witnessed Lewandowski accost Fields and immediately informed her that it was Trump’s 41-year-old campaign manager – after which Lewandowski cancelled a scheduled meeting with Terris due to “scheduling conflicts”.
Trump’s campaign had already denied that the incident had occurred at all when Terris wrote, “Michelle Fields, a young reporter for Trump-friendly Breitbart News, pressed forward to ask the Republican 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 . . . Fields stumbled. Finger-shaped bruises formed on her arm.”
In response to the Trump campaign’s denial of the assault, Fields tweeted a picture of her fresh bruises. By many witness’ accounts, Lewandowski nearly flung Fields to the ground “like a ragdoll.”
Terris said of Fields’ reaction: “‘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.’”
“It’s obviously unacceptable that someone crossed a line and made physical contact with our reporter,” Breitbart News CEO and president Larry Solov said in a statement. “What Michelle has 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.”
Juani Hopwood is online editor for ABQ Free Press. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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