Fox's Hannity Defends Trump Campaign Manager Charged With Battery Against Reporter
Sean Hannity: "I Looked At This Tape At Least 100 Times Today [...] I Don't See Any Jerking, I Don't See Any Pulling"
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From the March 29 edition of Fox News' Hannity:
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SEAN HANNITY (HOST): Alright, let me ask you one other question that made a lot of news today. And in full disclosure, I'm friendly with both parties here. I know your campaign manager Corey Lewandowski very well. I know Michelle Fields, she's a guest on this program a lot over the years. And I got to be honest. I looked at this tape at least 100 times today, to try and see -- and I have her original statement here, that she was, quote, "Jolted backwards, and somebody grabbed me tightly by the arm, yanked me down. I almost fell to the ground." Now, I'm showing the tape. I don't see that. I've -- and I've looked at it 100 times. You have stood by --
DONALD TRUMP: You have to look at her. You have to look at her and see what it's all about. Look, I have to stand by him. I looked at the tape. You know, it is my tape. I have a very great club that has cameras all over it for security reasons, and this is my tape. And as far as I'm concerned, you know I'm very glad that we were able to produce the tape, because I don't see anything. I see virtually nothing, and we're going to destroy a man's life over this?
HANNITY: I looked at it --
TRUMP: I mean, what happened?
HANNITY: I looked at it a hundred times, and I know, as I have said, I know both people. To me, it looked like the typical gaggle of reporters, you know, where the campaign is trying to get the candidate away, because they've answered enough questions. And everybody's moving on and she is trying to get in the last question. That's how I see it. I don't see any jerking. I don't see any pulling.