On Tuesday, news broke that Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski was arrested on charges of battery in an incident involving former Breitbart.com reporter Michelle Fields.
Police in Jupiter, Florida, also released video they say clearly shows Lewandowski grabbed Fields, something he has denied:
Breaking: CCTV video shows Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski pulling a reporter, which he denied https://t.co/Z1tFdVPnlh
— Mashable News (@MashableNews) March 29, 2016
Lewandowski was at Jupiter police dept this morning, according to arrest report. He faces a simple battery charge. https://t.co/HOVjFgLgZR
— Lulu Ramadan (@luluramadan) March 29, 2016
— Emily C. Singer (@CahnEmily) March 29, 2016
The Palm Beach Post reported:
Corey Lewandowski, Donald Trump campaign manager, was charged this morning with misdemeanor battery after allegations of forcefully grabbing a reporter at a Jupiter news conference, town police confirmed this morning.
Following a March 8 conference at Trump National Golf Club, Michelle Fields, a 28-year-old reporter formerly with the online Breitbart News Network, said she was grabbed on the arm by Lewandowski, 41, after she asked Trump a question about affirmative action.
Washington Post reporter Ben Terris wrote that he witnessed the battery.
The Trump campaign issued the following statement:
Trump Camp statement on Corey Lewandowksi charges pic.twitter.com/Oq6R0QP4rH
— Hadas Gold (@Hadas_Gold) March 29, 2016
In a somewhat interesting twist, The Right Scoop reported that the attorney Lewandowski retained was reportedly “fired from his government job after biting a stripper.”
You guys, Corey Lewandowski's lawyer bit a stripper.
HE BIT A STRIPPER. https://t.co/YMH0B7v68Y
— Emily Zanotti (@emzanotti) March 29, 2016
Jim Hoft, the owner of the pro-Trump Gateway Pundit, called the charges a “sham.” Seriously:
— Jim Hoft (@gatewaypundit) March 29, 2016
One person responded:
— SavingtheRepublic ☠️🇺🇸 (@BMartin1776) March 29, 2016
— Walk Toward The Fire (@RichardRSmithJr) March 29, 2016
Will this impact the Trump campaign? It’s hard to say. As Trump himself once observed, he could commit murder on 5th Avenue in broad daylight and his supporters would still vote for him.
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