Trump's campaign manager arrested for misdemeanor battery after security footage proves he laid hands on Michelle Fields.  screen capture from Jupiter police video,  via Business Insider

Trump’s campaign manager arrested for misdemeanor battery after security footage supports Michelle Fields’ allegations.
screen capture from Jupiter police video, via Business Insider

“Victory press conference was over. Why is she allowed to grab me and shout questions? Can I press charges?” Trump tweeted Tuesday with a photo. [The Hill]

IN THE annals of stupid Corey Lewandowski just became a bullet point.

It was security tape from Trump National Golf Club that revealed Corey Lewandowski put a hand on former Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields.

No reporter wants to squeal to police that some asshole campaign aide manhandled you to protect his candidate from questions you were asking. A woman reporter wants to do this even less. However, when you’re grabbed out of nowhere and pulled off your target to the extent that you have to ask a fellow reporter (from the Washington Post) what just happened, I imagine any reporter would be pissed.

When the guy who did it, Corey Lewandowski, calls you a liar on top of your own media organization not standing by you, all of a sudden you can become That Kind Of Woman. You know, a girl who can’t handle the rougher nature of politics without complaining that the boys are being mean.

As a professional political writer, someone who has done reporting in situations exactly like this, I’d be embarrassed to file a complaint of misdemeanor battery in this situation.

Obviously, Michelle Fields thought she had no other recourse since Mr. Lewandowski’s boss Donald Trump is calling her a liar too.

It’s not like Lewandowski hasn’t gotten physical in his job before.

Fox News legal eagle Lis Wiehl got it right, in my opinion.

“Technically, it’s there,” said Wiehl, an adjunct law professor at New York Law School. “But I don’t know if I were a prosecutor if I would have charged that. I would definitely talk to the quote-un-quote victim, but when you’re in a place like that and you’re shouting like that and you’re moving forward, it’s not necessarily… yes, it’s a chargeable offense, but I don’t think I would have charged it.” [Think Progress]

You don’t put your hands on anyone especially if you’re running the campaign of the leading Republican candidate for the presidency.

At this point in the campaign, a message is being sent and the trouble it’s bringing to the Trump campaign is drama they stirred up.


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