Corey Lewandowski and Michelle Fields

All You Need to Know About The Trump Campaign Manager Incident [VIDEO]

As the Corey Lewandowski versus Michelle Fields drama plays out, the pundits on Fox News are completely missing the point. Perhaps they’re just in the tank for Trump, but it’s like the people at Fox (and elsewhere) are unable to see what this incident really means in the grand scheme of things.

Let’s go over the entire timeline of events:

March 8: The Incident

Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields is allegedly grabbed on the forearm by Donald Trump’s campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, and forcibly yanked back following a campaign event in Jupiter, Florida.

March 10: The Headline

Fields writes a piece about the incident for Breitbart, called “Michelle Fields: In Her Own Words,” which tells the story of what happened two days earlier:

“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.

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.”

Fields has an eye-witness. The Washington Post’s Ben Terris saw what happened, and told Fields that it was Lewandowski that had pulled her back.

Terris publishes a piece about the incident for WaPo on March 10 as well:

“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 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, Trump’s 41-year-old campaign manager. Fields stumbled. Finger-shaped bruises formed on her arm.”

That same day, Trump spokesperson Hope Hicks denies the allegation in a statement tweeted out by ABC News:

Fields follows up Hick’s statement with a tweet featuring her bruised arm:

After Fields tweets the photo, Lewandowski Twitter-blasts Fields, insulting her, and calling her an “attention seeker”:

At 4:55 pm, Politico releases an audio transcript of the incident:

FIELDS: “Mr. Trump, you went after the late Scalia for affirmative action, do you — are you still against affirmative action?”

Voice (allegedly Corey Lewandowski): “Excuse me, thank you.”

A few moments later (noise of the room can be heard)…

TERRIS: “You OK?”

FIELDS: “Holy sh*t.”

TERRIS: “Yea he just threw you.”

FIELDS: “I can’t believe he just did that that was so hard. Was that Corey?”

TERRIS: “Yeah, like, what threat were you?”

FIELDS: “That was insane. You should have felt how hard he grabbed me. That’s insane. I’ve never had anyone do that to me from a campaign.”

TERRIS: “Can I put that in my story?”

FIELDS: “Yeah, go for it — that was really awful. That’s so unprofessional.”

TERRIS: “He really just almost threw you on the ground.”

FIELDS: “He literally went like this and was grabbing me down. “I don’t even want to do what he just did to me. Oh my God, that really spooked me that someone would do that.”

TERRIS: “What threat were you?”

FIELDS: “Nothing. I was asking about affirmative action.”

TERRIS: “And he probably knows you, right?”

FIELDS: “Yeah, I don’t understand. That looks horrible. You’re going after a Breitbart reporter, the people who are nicest to you?”

TERRIS: “I know, I’m going to put it in my story.”

Later that night, Fields appears on ABC to tell her story:

In a post-debate interview Thursday, Trump tells reporters:

“This was, in my opinion, made up. Everybody said nothing happened. Perhaps she made the story up. I think that’s what happened.”

March 11: The Evidence & More Denials

Lewandowski sends a tweet to Fields again at 12:28 am, calling her “delusional”:

Video is released showing an obscured view of the incident. In the video, it looks like Lewandowski is reaching for Fields:

Multiple obscured view videos crop up, but nothing 100% definitive.

Michelle Fields files an official police report with the Jupiter police department at approximately 10:00 am.

Lewandowski tweets a Breitbart story alleging the videos don’t show him grabbing Fields (the article was later changed to reflect developing circumstances):

He later tweets another story backing up his denials about the incident:

Breitbart spokesman Kurt Bardella resigns, telling CNN that Breitbart was lying:

DON LEMON: “Are you saying they’re lying?”

BARDELLA: “Yes. I am…I think that as it progressed, and as the evidence became more clear, there seemed to be resistance from Breitbart in supporting Michelle, and it’s something I just couldn’t understand.”

March 12: Stop Defending Her!

Buzzfeed obtains screenshots from a Breitbart Slack account showing Senior Editor-at-Large Joel Pollak demanding that Breitbart journos stop talking about the Michelle Fields incident.

March 13: More Resignations

Michelle Fields officially resigns from Breitbart, tweeting:

Fields is followed by Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro:

Shapiro and Fields appear on Fox News’ “The Kelly File” later that night:

March 14: More Resignations

Two more Breitbart employees, National Security Correspondent Jordan Schachtel and Editor Jarrett Stepman, resign.

March 29: The Tape

Jupiter police department releases security footage showing the incident as Michelle Fields described it:

Lewandowski turns himself in to Jupiter police.

Donald Trump holds a press conference in which he defends Lewandowski, and essentially calls Fields a liar:

“She was actually–if you look at her–and according to a lot of people–she’s grabbing at me! And [Corey’s] acting as an intermediary and trying to block her from doing that. The news conference was over. It was done. It was finished. And she was running up and grabbing and asking questions. And she wasn’t supposed to be doing that.”

So…first it was “nobody saw anything.” Now it’s “according to a lot of people, she was grabbing me.” Hmm.

“She wasn’t pulled down. She doesn’t even change her expression. I looked at the tape. And by the way, if he was that way, I would have fired him in two seconds. I wouldn’t care. I couldn’t have cared less. But I looked at the tape. There’s not even a change of expression on her face. And I look at the internet, and you take a look at the tweets and people are saying, you got to be kidding me.”

She didn’t even change her expression. That’s a defense? Also, it’s very hard to make out fluid facial details in a video that runs at about two frames per second. But Trump is the best at everything, so he probably sees what we don’t.

Image Credit: Screenshot/YouTube
Image Credit: Screenshot/YouTube

At a CNN town hall that night, Trump says:

“(Fields) said she went to the ground, or something to the effect of she almost went to the ground. She was in pain. She went to the ground. When she found out that there was a security camera, and that they had her on tape, all of a sudden that story changed. She didn’t talk about it.”

Politifact rates this as a “Pants on Fire” lie. She did not change her story. She never said she fell to the ground. But Trump just says things.

At the same CNN town hall, Trump goes on offense, making the silliest argument of all time:

“She went through the Secret Service, she had a pen in her hand, which Service Service is not liking because they don’t know what it is, whether it’s a little bomb. It could’ve been a knife. It could’ve been just a pen, which is very dangerous.”

This is one thug protecting another thug. First, both Trump and Lewandowski denied, even calling Michelle Fields “delusional,” and saying she “made it up.” Then, when the first drips of evidence surfaced, Lewandowski still denied. Then, when the video surfaced showing Lewandowski actually grabbing Fields in the exact way she described, he turned himself in.

Lie.

Lie.

Whoops. Well, it wasn’t that bad.

Now, Fox pundits are blaming Fields. On his radio show Wednesday, Sean Hannity said:

“How is that an assault? I don’t get it. He touched somebody, it’s against the law! To me, it’s insane.”

On Fox News, Greta Van Susteren said:

“This incident never should have ended up as a crime. It should have ended with an apology.”

I agree. Lewandowski shouldn’t have done it in the first place, but since he did, he should have apologized. That’s all it would have taken. I’m so sorry, I didn’t mean to hurt you. That’s it. But he lied, he called her delusional, and then he lied some more. It wasn’t Fields who lied repeatedly, and smeared a journalist who simply told the truth.

The pundits are missing the point. It’s not the grab and yank itself that’s the big issue, it’s the continuous lying, and protection of Lewandowski. It’s like a close-knit mafia family. Lewandowski lied, and called Michelle Fields “delusional.” Even after the release of the tape, Trump tells millions on CNN that Fields is lying because she didn’t fall down–even though she never alleged that!

This is a concerted effort on the part of Trump and his campaign to malign a woman who dared to tell the truth. And it’s not just this. Trump has a pattern of lying going back to the beginning of his campaign. He goes on national TV, says things that are patently false, then lets the chips fall where they may. The man is a pathological liar. That’s where the pundits should be focusing their energy.

Personally, I think Hannity’s a tad slow, so maybe he doesn’t understand what’s happening. As for Greta, I honestly don’t know. I’ve actually started trusting CNN to cover issues with more diligence than Fox. That’s scary.

To all the talking-heads who are lost in Trumpland, come back to reality. You’re embarrassing yourselves and your viewers, who, like myself, are tuning out in droves.

Tags

Frank Camp

Frank Camp breathes politics--that, and regular air. After the 2004 election ignited a passion for politics in Frank, he's been dedicated to understanding what makes people think the way they do. His goal at Constitution.com is to arm his fellow conservatives with the tools they need to fight the liberal army in an effective and persuasive manner.

Please leave your comments below

Facebook Comments

Disqus Comments