Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, assaulted Michelle Fields, a reporter for Breitbart News, when she attempted to ask Donald Trump if he supported affirmative action.
Politico published a transcript of a conversation between Michelle Fields and Ben Terris, a reporter for the Washington Post who witnessed the assault.
The incident occurred after a Donald Trump press conference on Super Tuesday as he walked by on his way out of the room.
Din of people talking, clanking of glasses, snippets of conversation, reporters telling one another to ‘move up a little’, greeting each other, saying ‘good to see you’ saying ‘OK good quote then’, then clearly action picks up as cameras start clicking.
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 down.”
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 down 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.”
The two stop talking. Din/noise of people talking, glasses clinking continue through end of the recording.
After the story appeared in print, Lewandowski denied that he roughed her up and suggested that she made up the story in a “desperate bid for attention.”
Lewandowski’s thuggish behavior, his denial that he assaulted her, and his disparaging false allegation about her mark him as a deeply stupid, unduly aggressive, out of control liar and misogynist. I say ‘deeply stupid’ because Fields is a reporter for Breitbart News, a notorious right wing rag with no respect for the truth that functions as a cheerleader for conservative causes.
This incident is one of several troubling confrontations at Donald Trump events. Yesterday, for example, a 78-year-old white man sucker-punched a young black male at a campaign speech as police were escorting the young man out of the building. After the incident, he proudly admitted that he punched the young man and added that he would kill him if he saw him at another event.
We are witnessing an American fascist’s attempt to follow in Adolph Hitler’s footsteps and it’s only a matter of time before someone is killed at one of his rallies.
Do not look for other Republicans to criticize Trump. Eventually, they will all fall in line and support him because that is what Republicans do. For example, Ben Carson endorsed Trump this morning even though Trump had previously accused him of being a pathological child molester.