We’re now deep in a media fog of denials, double-downs, and Donald-created doubt about whether Trump’s campaign manager physically assaulted a female reporter from the conservative Breitbart News.
The farrago began late Tuesday night as Trump mingled with the press after his infomercial/press conference celebrating his primary wins in Michigan and Mississippi.
As Michelle Fields tried to ask Trump a question, someone violently yanked her left arm, nearly throwing her to the ground and leaving her bruised. Washington Post reporter Ben Terris, assigned to do a profile centered on Lewandowski, witnessed the assault and identified Lewandowski as the culprit. Team Trump denied this ever happened, and in a series of tweets, Lewandowski tried to smear Fields as an “attention seeker.” But audio released by Politico seemed to confirm Terris’s account, which he wrote about here.
Furthermore, Daily Beast media writer Lloyd Grove writes that a source told him that Lewandowski acknowledged to Breitbart Washington editor Matthew Boyle that he did grab Fields’s arm, but only because, in Grove’s words, “he didn’t recognize her as a Breitbart reporter, instead mistaking her for an adversarial member of the mainstream media,” as if that would justify the manhandling. (Later today from Breitbart: “The Trump campaign has evidently leaked an email” from Boyle that rejects Grove’s claim as “false.”)