Police have released the security footage showing the incident in which a Breitbart reporter claims to have been attacked by Donald Trump’s campaign manager Corey Lewandowski. Lewandowski was charged with simple battery.
It was after a conference on March 8th at the Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter, Florida that former Breitbart News reporter Michelle Fields followed Donald Trump out asking him a question with her phone poised as a microphone. Trump kept walking, and his campaign manager Corey Lewandowski allegedly grabbed Fields’ left arm and according to Fields, “aggressively tried to pull me to the ground.” She continued with her side of the story:
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.
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Campaign managers aren’t supposed to try to forcefully throw reporters to the ground, no matter the circumstance.
Shortly after the incident, Michelle Fields resigned from Breitbart News when it became apparent that the online news network for which she worked would not stand by her in her defense. Then-Editor-at-Large of Breitbart News Ben Shapiro also resigned following the incident, claiming that the news site wouldn’t defend her because of their pro-Trump bias.
Jupiter, Florida police released the surveillance footage of the incident. Michelle Fields is the woman flanking Donald Trump to his right, wearing a yellow or white top and with a phone in her hand. Corey Lewandowski is the man with the crew cut who intervenes between Trump and the reporter.
Because of the vantage point of the surveillance camera, it’s difficult to see whether Fields was “yanked down.” She claims that there were bruises left on her arm because of the battery.
In an impromptu press conference yesterday, Donald Trump said that Fields had initially grabbed his arm, at which point he yanked it away. Then, immediately following that, and in defense of the candidate, Trump’s campaign manager stepped in. Trump rhetorically asked if he should be the one to press charges against Fields for that assault on him.