Donald Trump doubles down on defending his campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, who is accused of attacking a reporter.

Earlier today, Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, was charged with misdemeanor battery after allegedly grabbing Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields.

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EMILY’s List Communications Director Marcy Stech succinctly summed up the problems with Trump’s defense of Lewandowski:

Nothing says ‘cherish women’ like questioning a woman’s motive after her assault has been caught on camera. The leader of the Republican Party has repeated over and over again that ‘no one is a bigger supporter of women’ – but today’s incident underscores Trump’s decades-long record of offensive and misogynistic behavior that gets at the core of his being. If Trump can’t be trusted to condemn what’s wrong, how can he even begin to comprehend what’s right for women?

How indeed.


Donald Trump, speaking to reporters on what appears to be his private jet: I looked at the tape—there’s not even a change of expression on her face! And then I looked at internet, and you take a look at the tweets, and people are saying, “You gotta be kidding me!” [crosstalk as reporters ask questions] I think it’s something that’s disgraceful. I think that you, as a reporter, and all of you as a reporter, probably get treated a lot rougher than that on a daily basis. I have never seen anything like it. I cannot imagine how they did it. He’s got a very good lawyer; they will fight it. I told him he should never settle that case. And I know that’s not to my—that is not to my benefit—but I think when people see that tape, and they take a look at that tape, and they take a look at her initial statement, before she knew that she was on tape—take a look at that; you have to see it. You take a look at her initial statement; it sounded like she got thrown out of a building. You take a look at that, and you, and then— [reporter interrupts him] Excuse me?

Female Reporter off-camera: She did get bruises on her arm.

Trump: I don’t know if they were bruises from that! Why? Who said they were bruises from that?! How do you know those bruises weren’t there before?

Female Reporter off-camera: That’s what the police said—

Trump: I don’t know what the police said! How do you know those bruises weren’t there before?! I’m not a lawyer! But she said she had a bruise on her arm. I mean! To me, you know, if you’re gonna get squeezed, wouldn’t you think that she would have yelled out a scream or something if she has bruises on her arm? She— Take a look at her— Take a look at her facial expression. Her facial expression doesn’t even change! So, you know, you say bruises on her arm—how did they get there? Who put ’em there? I don’t know that he put ’em there! In any event, I’m sticking up for a person because I’m not gonna let a person’s life be destroyed over somebody that we have on tape and— You just take a look at what people are saying when they see that incident on tape. And no jury, in my opinion, no jury would convict a man and destroy a man’s life over what you witnessed.

(AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)