Donald Trump Defends ‘Spirited’ Campaign Manager After Video May Show Him Grabbing A Protester

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03.20.16 4 Comments
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Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski is swiftly becoming a household name after more than one incident of alleged grabby behavior. Reporter Michelle Fields recently resigned her Breitbart position when the outlet declined to support her after a clip showed Lewandowski roughly grabbing her at a rally. In response, Trump’s camp attacked Fields’ character and denied the video evidence. Fields says she asked Trump a question about Justice Scalia when Lewandowski went off on her. She felt dismayed at how her employer ignored the encounter until several days later.

Lewandowski’s raising eyebrows again, this time after footage surfaced from a Tucson, Arizona rally. He’s accused of grabbing a protester by the collar. Team Trump issued a statement in response to the clip, which they say shows someone else yanking the protester. There’s also an interesting addendum about the rallies, “which are private events paid for by the campaign.” That kind of language sets Trump up for a future argument against political protesters and their First Amendment rights. That’s one heck of a murky issue and one that likely won’t float, but the Trump camp probably foresees more issues down the road. A “private events” disclaimer will only go so far with a rally, which isn’t exactly a private dinner requiring $500 per head tickets.

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