“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.
Here is Donald Trump's campaign manager in the Tucson crowd grabbing the collar of a protester. pic.twitter.com/JZ9RntWlHY
— Jacqueline Alemany (@JaxAlemany) March 19, 2016
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.