Trump campaign manager charged with battery after video evidence emerges

Donald Trump with some of his supporters
Donald Trump with some of his supporters

So there is some news about the Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski’s assault of journalist Michelle Fields.

Here is what the Trump campaign manager claimed after the assault occured:

She's totally delusional, she's a stupid ugly bimbo
The Trump Campaign smearing and mocking women again

Trump himself backed Lewandowski’s story up.

The Daily Wire has a video posted where Trump says the attack never happened:

Upon being apprised of Fields’ accusation, here was Trump’s response:

“Nobody saw it happened. Nobody complained….I think [she] made it up.”

In this interview on the TODAY show, Trump clear says “She made up this story” and “She’s got no evidence”:

Basically, Trump thought he could cover up what happened by repeating the lies over and over and insulting and smearing the people who told the truth. And this refusal to admit fault and apologize went on and on and on.

The Washington Post reported:

He retweeted news stories casting doubt on Fields’s story, aided by the fact that the only footage that existed was, at best, sketchy. (He was also aided by exaggerations of Fields’s original claim; at no point was it suggested that she’d been pulled to the ground.)

Police in Jupiter appear to have obtained surveillance footage from inside the ballroom where the event and the incident occurred. There’s no question that Fields was not, in fact, “delusional.”

The video clearly shows Corey grabbing Michelle’s arm and jerking her away from Trump, which resulted in bruises on her arm.

Here is an eyewitness corroboration of Michelle Field’s initial report, reported by Ben Terris in the leftist Washington Post:

As security parted the masses to give him passage out of the chandelier-lit ballroom, Michelle Fields, a young reporter for Trump-friendly Breitbart News, pressed forward to ask the Republican front-runner a question. I watched as a man with short-cropped hair and a suit grabbed her arm and yanked her out of the way. He was Corey Lewandowski, Trump’s 41-year-old campaign manager.

Fields stumbled. Finger-shaped bruises formed on her arm.

“I’m just a little spooked,” she said, a tear streaming down her face. “No one has grabbed me like that before.”

She took my arm and squeezed it hard. “I don’t even want to do it as hard as he did,” she said, “because it would hurt.”

The leftist Washington Post reports on the video, and the charge of battery:

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump defended his campaign manager as a “very decent man” Tuesday, hours after the staffer was charged with battery in Florida for allegedly grabbing a reporter and yanking her away from Trump.

Corey Lewandowski, 42, faces one misdemeanor count of battery as a result of the March 8 incident. He voluntarily went to police headquarters in Jupiter, Fla., and signed paperwork ordering him to appear in court May 4.

The police also released a video of the primary-night news conference, taken from the security cameras at Trump’s own golf club. It directly contradicted what Trump and Lewandowski said about the incident in the past.

They had asserted that Lewandowski never touched the reporter, Michelle Fields.

In the video, he does — grabbing her hard enough to pull her backward.

In the past, campaign staffers have been fired for far less. But Trump did not dismiss Lewandowski on Tuesday, and neither apologized. “I don’t discard people. I stay with people,” Trump said.

It was an extreme example of Trump’s approach to campaigning, one apparently based on the idea that the only mistake in politics is to apologize.

After news of the criminal charge came out, Trump didn’t apologize – he went right back to trying to smear Fields as a delusional liar.

As the day went on, Trump offered increasingly strident defenses of Lewandowski. All ran counter to his earlier statements that the contact never occurred. Trump conceded that Lewandowski had touched Fields but implied that it was Fields’s fault for “grabbing” at the candidate — although the photo Trump posted didn’t show a grab but rather the reporter brushing the candidate with the back of her hand.

Then Trump wondered whether he could file charges against the reporter.

And then, at the end of the day, Trump was back to implying that Fields had lied about the incident — if the grab was as bad as she said, he said, why hadn’t she screamed?

“How do you know those bruises weren’t there before? I’m not a lawyer,” Trump told reporters on his plane, referring to finger-shaped bruises that Fields showed to the police. “Wouldn’t you think she would have yelled out a scream or something if she has bruises on her arm?”

In an interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News on Tuesday, Trump said that Lewandowski was merely protecting him against a potential, unidentified threat.

“She grabbed me and she had something in her hand. I don’t know what it was,” he told Hannity. “It looked like it could have been a pen. But you know, from the standpoint of where we are, who knows what it is.”

Ben Shapiro notes in this interview that slandering women is is a pattern for the Trump campaign:

The Daily Wire concludes:

Trump supporters have accused virtually every powerful anti-Trump conservative woman of some nefarious sexual activity with a rival candidate. And of course Trump himself has attacked prominent media females including Dana Perino and most egregiously Megyn Kelly (“blood coming out of her wherever”). Some of those attacks are purely political and within normal boundaries. But many of them are far more personal, obviously. This is a pattern, now, not merely a few isolated events.

Previously, I blogged about how Trump had attacked Heidi Cruz because she is supposedly not as pretty as his supermodel wife (wife number three). This seems to be a pattern that Trump has – to insult women publicly in order to shame them for opposing him.

Trump lies all the time

Earlier this week, Trump tried to argue that ads placed in Utah by a Super PAC that does not support Cruz were actually Cruz’s fault. He went on mainstream media everywhere, and blamed Cruz for the ads. That turned out to be another lie, that was disproved by sources on the right (The Weekly Standard) and the left (The Washington Post) and every source in between. Trump lied again. This is what he does. If he’s not insulting women, bragging about his penis, or giving childish answers to serious policy questions, then he’s probably lying. He’s not fit to pump gas or pack bags at a grocery store. He has one accomplishment in life – being born to a rich father. That’s it. And he used that inheritance to live a life as devoid of Christian convictions and conservative actions as could be.

For a quick 6-minute listing of some of Trump’s previous lies, please see this video featuring Ben Shapiro, who recently resigned from the Trump-supporting Breitbart News (following the Michelle Fields assault):

I would like to think that some Trump supporters would wake up to reality, but my experience with most of them is that they believe what they want to believe, regardless of the evidence. Whenever I present facts to them, they have some excuse why they get to retain their positive view of Trump.

Trump supporters cannot be persuaded with facts. They make decisions about who to hire as President with their feelings. They measure a man by his confidence, instead of by his record of accomplishments that are relevant for the job for which he is being interviewed. It’s like Americans have lost the ability to make a moral assessment of a man – they just want to choose based on feelings. We are truly living in the age of moral relativism and postmodernism.

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5 thoughts on “Trump campaign manager charged with battery after video evidence emerges”

  1. I watched the tapes over and over and you left out the initial report by Michelle Fields. Compare her report with the tapes. It is hard for me to believe you cherry picked this entire thing. It has not been proved at all and it is not because I don’t accept the facts, Donald Trump is flawed but we need to be honest.

  2. I’m not a Trumpette, but that angle and the high angle of the incident available elsewhere doesn’t show “battery” IMHO. Personally, I’d stick with Lewandowski, too. I don’t see her nearly falling down as she stated and I don’t see him grabbing her forearm as she’s complained was bruised in the 1 second “assault”. I think Cruz ought to keep his mouth shut about this one and let the cards fall where they may.

    1. Can you see Lewandowski reaching for her arm, and then she moves very very fast from beside Trump to behind Trump, and next to Lewandowski?

      Also, let’s disregard her testimony. What do you make of the eyewitness testimony by the Washington Post reporter Ben Terris, which is in print on their web site?

      1. Yes. I see him grab her and keep her from Trump’s trail.

        Terris writes, “I watched as a man with short-cropped hair and a suit grabbed her arm and yanked her out of the way. He was Corey Lewandowski,….”

        Indeed, there WAS action on Lewandowski’s part, but not the kind I consider “battery.”

        I think Lewandowski owes her an apology and some cash for her trouble. It looks to me like he went too far to protect his boss in the heat of the moment, something I think we all could do.

        Is it possible the right thing to do is to give the man grace, pray he admits his misdeed now complicated by another misdeed of denying it, but don’t weigh in publicly as prosecutor and judge. God has Lewandowski right where he wants him.

        1. It’s misdemeanor battery – basically, an unwanted touch. You’re not allowed to do that. I listened to Ben Shapiro’s podcast last night. She was going to let the matter drop if she had got an apology. But when they started attacking her story instead of apologizing, that’s when she filed charges. Let it go to trial now and let this hang over the disgusting, immoral misogynist.

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