Media called out GOP front-runner Donald Trump for having campaign manager Corey Lewandowski on stage during his March 15 victory speech in Florida, following reports that Lewandowski assaulted Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields during a rally.
Donald Trump Gives Speech After Big Wins In March 15 Primaries
Donald Trump Attacks “Disgusting Reporters” In His Florida Victory Speech." On March 15, Donald Trump attacked reporters calling them “disgusting” in his victory speech following his primary wins in Florida, North Carolina, and Illinois. In the frame of his victory speech was his campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, who has recently been accused of forcibly grabbing a reporter that tried to ask Trump a question. [Mother Jones, 3/15/16]
Lewandowski Is Accused Of Forcibly Grabbing A Reporter At A Trump News Conference
Politico: Trump Campaign Manager “Forcibly Yanked” Reporter After Trump Press Conference. Politico reported on March 9 that Breitbart News reporter Michelle Fields was “forcibly grabbed” by Donald Trump's campaign manager Corey Lewandowski to “mov[e] her out of the way” while she “was attempting to ask Trump a question as he exited [a] press conference.” According to Politico, “Fields was clearly roughed up by the move”:
Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski forcibly yanked Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields out of the way after his press conference in Florida on Tuesday night.
Fields was attempting to ask Trump a question as he exited the press conference. Secret Service was starting to clear a path, when Fields was forcibly grabbed on her arm by Lewandowski, moving her out of the way and nearly bringing her down to the ground, a source who witnessed the situation told POLITICO.
Fields was clearly roughed up by the move, the witness said.
Breitbart News CEO and president Larry Solov said in a statement if it was Lewandowski, he owes her an apology.
“It's obviously unacceptable that someone crossed a line and make physical contact with our reporter. What Michelle has told us directly is that someone ”grabbed her arm" and while she did not see who it was, Ben Terris of the Washington Post told her that it was Corey Lewandowski. If that's the case, Corey owes Michelle an immediate apology," Solov said. [Politico, 3/9/16]
Media Point Out That Corey Lewandowski, Accused Of Assault, Takes Trump's Side During Speech
Wash. Post's Paul Farhi: “Trump Doubles Down In Support Of Lewandowski With Victory-Speech Shout Out.”
Trump doubles down in support of Lewandowski with victory-speech shout out.
-- Paul Farhi (@farhip) March 16, 2016
NY Times' Maggie Haberman: “Trump Gave A Very Full-Throated Endorsement Of His Campaign Manager, Corey Lewandowski.”
Trump gave a very full-throated endorsement of his campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, thumbing nose at Politico story
-- Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) March 16, 2016
Talking Points Memo's Katherine Krueger: “Trump Not Taking Any Press Questions ... And Positioning Lewandowski Front And Center Sends A Strong Message.”
Trump not taking any press questions (when he almost always does!) and positioning Lewandowski front and center sends a strong message
-- Katherine Krueger (@kath_krueger) March 16, 2016
CNN's Mary Katherine Ham: “Lewandowski On Stage After Manhandling A Reporter, Lying About It, & Smearing Her. Score Another For Lowered Standards. #goodjobCorey.”
Lewandowski on stage after manhandling a reporter, lying about it, & smearing her. Score another for lowered standards. #goodjobCorey
-- Mary Katharine Ham (@mkhammer) March 16, 2016
National Review's David French: "'Good Job, Corey' And There It Is."
“Good job, Corey.” And there it is.
-- David French (@DavidAFrench) March 16, 2016
National Journal's Ben Pershing: “Lewandowski Thought Trump's Comment About 'Disgusting Reporters' Was Hilarious.”
Lewandowski thought Trump's comment about “disgusting reporters” was hilarious
-- Ben Pershing (@benpershing) March 16, 2016
International Business Times' Abby Abrams: “Corey Lewandowski Clapped At Trump's Line About Disgusting Reporters.”
Corey Lewandowski clapped at Trump's line about disgusting reporters
-- Abby Abrams (@abbyabrams) March 16, 2016
NY Post's Seth Mandel: “Lewandowski Standing Behind Trump Soaking It In Is A Good Reminder Of What's At Stake Here.”
Lewandowski standing behind Trump soaking it in is a good reminder of what's at stake here.
-- Seth Mandel (@SethAMandel) March 16, 2016
Fox's Katie Pavlich: "'Good Job Corey,' Trump Has Zero Decency."
“Good job Corey,” Trump has zero decency.
-- Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) March 16, 2016
RealClearPolitics' Tom Bevan: “Corey Lewandowski Chuckles As Trump Calls Some Of The Reporters In The Back Of The Room 'Disgusting.'”
Corey Lewandowski chuckles as Trump calls some of the reporters in the back of the room “disgusting.”
-- Tom Bevan (@TomBevanRCP) March 16, 2016
Independent Journal's Benny Johnson: “Lewandowski Standing Right Next To Trump Smiling, Shows Exactly How Effed Up This Election Is.”
Lewendowski standing right next to Trump, smiling, shows exactly how effed up this election is.
-- Benny (@bennyjohnson) March 16, 2016