I’m sure this will be old news by Saturday.
Corey Lewandowski, the campaign manager for Donald Trump, is under fire after he was seen grabbing Breitbart News reporter Michelle Fields “aggressively” at a press conference Tuesday after she attempted to ask the leading GOP Presidential candidate a question the New York Daily News Reports.
According to multiple witnesses, and the reporter herself, Fields was trying to approach Trump after his press conference from his Trump National Club, in Jupiter, Fla., following Tuesday’s primaries.
The Secret Service had begun to clear a path for the candidate, witnesses and Field said, when Lewandowski grabbed Fields’ arm, which multiple reporters on the scene claimed nearly brought her to the ground.
Fields herself published a detailed account of the incident Thursday.
“I wasn’t called upon to ask a question during the televised press conference, but afterwards Trump wandered around, stopping at every reporter to take their questions. When he approached me, I asked him about his view on an aspect of affirmative action,” she wrote. “Trump acknowledged the question, but before he could answer I was jolted backwards. Someone had grabbed me tightly by the arm and yanked me down. I almost fell to the ground, but was able to maintain my balance. Nonetheless, I was shaken.”
“The Washington Post’s Ben Terris immediately remarked that it was Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, who aggressively tried to pull me to the ground. I quickly turned around and saw Lewandowski and Trump exiting the building together. No apology. No explanation for why he did this,” she added.
Terris, too, published his own version the incident, which corroborated Fields’ allegations.
“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,” Terris wrote. “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,” Terris wrote, before quoting a crying Fields.
The Trump campaign is using the excuse that its security is on edge — after several physical run-ins with the press and protesters over the past few months at rallies.