Trump vs Breitbart
March 30, 2016

Donald Trump continued to defend campaign manager Corey Lewandowski on Tuesday night's Hannity, suggesting to Sean Hannity that the misdemeanor battery charges filed against Lewandowski in Jupiter, Florida, were politically motivated, and repeatedly saying he won't "destroy" Lewandowski's life over the roughing-up allegations from former Breitbart News reporter Michelle Fields. "I wasn't interviewed by police," Trump said. "I don't know, are these police — they're in a town where I have a very big investment — I'm trying to figure, are these Democrats? Are these Republicans?"

Elsewhere in the interview, Trump mocked Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) for his state's economic health and for riding around on "his big motorcycle, you know, big tough guy." That morphed into this aside: "You know who's endorsing me more than anybody are the motorcycle people. These guys are — every time I make a speech I have motorcycles outside."

But mostly, Trump picked over Fields' statements about the alleged assault, pointing to the video released by the police to argue that Fields had exaggerated the encounter, or even forced Lewandowski to step in. "She grabbed me before he grabbed her — if he even grabbed her," Trump said. "And she had something in her hand — I don't know what it was, it looks like it could have been a pen. But, you know, from the standpoint of where we are, who knows what it is?! So she grabbed me, and then he maybe brushed her aside, and we're going to destroy his life for that? I don't think so."

If you want to hear the counterargument, watch the first six minutes of Megyn Kelly's synopsis of the Trump-Fields-Lewandowski encounter, also on Fox News, also Tuesday night:

If you watch the entire segment, you'll hear Fields' former Breitbart News editor, Ben Shapiro — who resigned along with her — telling Kelly that "Donald Trump is a smoking garbage heap of human debris, and so is Corey Lewandowski, in my opinion." Peter Weber

March 29, 2016

British media personality Piers Morgan thinks that if ex-Breitbart News reporter Michelle Fields were a man, the incident in which Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski allegedly shoved Fields at a press conference never would have been an issue. In fact, Morgan tweeted just hours after Lewandowski was charged Tuesday with misdemeanor battery for forcefully grabbing Fields at a Trump campaign event, a man would have been "mocked" for making such an accusation — and "rightly" so:

Morgan then went on to say that not only would a man have been "tough" enough to handle Lewandowski's grab — even other women reporters could have taken it without "claiming 'battery.'"

If his tweets weren't enough, don't worry: Morgan says that after all the "absurd" responses to his tweets and to the incident, he's going to have to go ahead and write an entire column about it. Becca Stanek

March 29, 2016

Donald Trump continued to defend campaign manager Corey Lewandowski Tuesday after he was charged with misdemeanor battery over allegations that he grabbed now ex-Breitbart News reporter Michelle Fields at a March 8 press conference. While surveillance footage captured from the event seemingly corroborates Fields' allegations that Lewandowski grabbed her and nearly pulled her to the ground after she tried to ask Trump a question, Trump says that the tapes show that nothing happened.

After defending his "very decent" campaign manager, Trump took another shot at Fields' credibility, which he and Lewandowski have both already called into question.

Fields was quick to respond, defending the consistency of her story.

Lewandowski reportedly turned himself over to police Tuesday morning. He maintains that he is "absolutely innocent of this charge." Becca Stanek

March 29, 2016

Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski has been charged with misdemeanor battery over allegations that he grabbed now-ex Breitbart News reporter Michelle Fields at a Trump press conference on March 8, ABC News reported Tuesday morning. A police report says Lewandowski turned himself in to police just after 8 a.m.

Fields' allegations that Lewandowski grabbed her and nearly pulled her to the ground after she tried to ask Trump a question were reportedly corroborated by footage captured at the event. Fields resigned from her post at Breitbart shortly after the original incident, claiming the organization failed to support her. Lewandowski maintained in a statement Tuesday that he is "absolutely innocent of this charge." Becca Stanek

March 10, 2016

Donald Trump's campaign finally responded to Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields' accusation that campaign manager Corey Lewandowski yanked her to the ground while she attempted to ask a question at a press conference Tuesday night.

While Fields says that The Washington Post's Ben Terris identified Lewandowski as the man who grabbed her "tightly by the arm and yanked [her] down," nearly taking her to the ground, Trump campaign spokesperson Hope Hicks said in a statement Thursday afternoon that neither Fields nor Terris has ever met Lewandowski and that no one else at the event seemed to have noticed the incident:

Fields offered her take on the incident earlier Thursday, calling Lewandowski's behavior "out of line" and insisting that she "never sought to be part of the story." Becca Stanek

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