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Trump Campaign Manager Allegedly Manhandles Breitbart News Reporter Michelle Fields

Witnesses say Corey Lewandowski "forcibly yanked" Fields, "nearly bringing her down to the ground."

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at last night's Donald Trump press conference, where he celebrated another string of primary victories by showing off his dubiously-branded line of products, Trump's campaign manager Corey Lewandowski "forcibly yanked" Brietbart News reporter Michelle Fields, "nearly bringing her down to the ground" as she tried to ask a question of the Republican presidential frontrunner. 

Reason readers may remember Fields from the 2011 Reason TV video where she memorably got actor Matt Damon to lose his cool on both her and producer Jim Epstein by asking a pointed question about tenure for public school teachers, and while she writes for one of the more Trump-friendly media outlets, Brietbart News' reporters are not monolithically in the tank for the real estate tycoon. 

Politico cited an unnamed witness of the alleged incident, who said that Fields tried to ask Trump a question while the Secret Service was clearing a path for him to leave the press conference. At that point, the witness reported Lewandowski grabbed Fields' arm, "moving her out of the way and nearly bringing her down to the ground."

Daily Caller Senior Editor (and Fields' boyfriend) Jamie Weinstein, who was also present at the press conference, called Lewandowski a thug on Twitter and said that "other reporters" also witnessed the altercation:

As Reason noted last week, thanks to the 2012 passage of the euphemistically-titled Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act, disrupting a Trump event can be prosecuted as a federal crime because it technically interferes with government business, that business being the Secret Service's protection of Trump's safety. 

A reporter who saw last night's incident told Reason that what was particularly striking wasn't so much the physicality of the incident, but the fact that it was a senior campaign staffer, rather than private security, police, or the Secret Service engaged in such behavior, and that it happened in plain sight of a room full of reporters.

Lewandowski was the subject of a pretty sympathetic Wall Street Journal profile last month, where he was described as a prodigious imbiber of highly caffeinated energy beverages, and like his boss is "brash and ambitious, demands loyalty and subsists on little sleep."

Formerly the New Hampshire director of Americans For Prosperity, Lewandowski impressed state Sen. Andy Sanborn (R-NH) with his demonstrable passion and energy. Sanborn told NPR that with Lewandowski, "You know he's in with both feet and both hands and he's working 100 miles an hour, and he was a formidable adversary or an incredible ally, whatever the issue is."

Perhaps Lewandowski was a little too jacked-up one of the dozen Red Bulls he's said to consume daily, or perhaps he was just in it "with both feet and both hands" in an effort to protect Trump from what he deemed to be an overly aggressive reporter. Either way, his behavior is evident of the campaign's increasingly antogonistic and physically confrontational posture toward the press. 

Sure, Trump's campaign isn't the only one with an overt hostility to the news media, as Hillary Clinton's people have notably kept the press roped-off and caged-in on a number of occasions. But Trump events have been marred by threats and violence against both members of the press as well as demonstrators, which Trump has repeatedly condoned.

In this video, Lewandoswki can be seen personally threatening to revoke the credentials of a CNN producer if he didn't remain in the "press pen," and he has also reportedly threatened to "blacklist" journalists from being credentialed at future Trump events.

In January, Fox News called Lewandowski out by name in a statement defending frequent debate moderator Megyn Kelly from "any more threats" from Trump's campaign manager, adding "We can't give in to terrorizations toward any of our employees."

Brietbart News CEO Larry Solov released a statement stating, "It's obviously unacceptable that someone crossed a line and made physical contact with our reporter." Solov added that if the accusation is true, Lewandowski "owes Michelle an immediate apology."

Reason reached out to Fields, Weinstein, and Lewandowski for comment but have thus far received no response. 

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89 responses to “Trump Campaign Manager Allegedly Manhandles Breitbart News Reporter Michelle Fields

  1. “Manhandle” her, you say? Is she fourteen?

    1. Do you think the age of the victim has anything to do with the definition of “manhandle”?

      1. I wonder whether the “man” refers to the the handler or the “handlee”. It could actually be a pretty nice term, as in “handle something in a manly way”.

        1. The “man” doesn’t refer to either party. It modifies “handle”, as in “handle roughly”.

          1. As in, “Did she manhandle your man-handle?”

          2. Etymology? In that case it refers to the handler.

      2. Isn’t that sexist? Shouldn’t we just say she was handled?

        1. That’s triggering to amputees. And fat people.

          1. I heard that in prison if you can’t handle it, you get handled…..

    2. +1 U.S.S Man Handler

  2. Bravo, Michelle Fields! Anyone hated by both Matt Damon and the Trumpen-proletariat is a hero of our times.

    1. She’s also a libertarian from what I recall, so it makes sense since heroes of the era typically don’t come in large numbers.

      1. would

  3. As Reason noted last week, thanks to the 2012 passage of the euphemistically-titled Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act, disrupting a Trump event can be prosecuted as a federal crime because it technically interferes with government business, that business being the Secret Service’s protection of Trump’s safety.

    Safety, message- same thing.

  4. “Solov added that if the accusation is true, Lewandowski “owes Michelle an immediate apology.””

    I’d argue she owes him an assault charge.

  5. Trump has run an “anti-press” campaign. Explicitly. Roughing up reporters is just another way to keep/get those votes.

    1. You’d think that at some point it would backfire though, especially with her being a reporter for Breitbart as opposed to, say, CNN or MSNBC. Also, you’d think the optics of some thuggish asshole roughing up a cute chick would at some point get to some of his asshole’s supporters since of honor (assuming they have any).

    2. And it seems to be a winning strategy. Actually committing assault (and/or battery) is a bit much.

  6. I honestly don’t understand why people go to these mob scenes. It’s like 90% of the way to being a riot.

    1. 90%? That’s shameful. Bad! We need to get that all the way to 100, 110%, to Make America Great Again!

      1. A riot is an ugly thing…. und, I think that it is just about time that we had one!

        1. +1 cheating at darts.

        2. My parents were at the last LA riots and all they got me was a lousy t-shirt.

    2. Pretty sure that’s exactly why they go.

      1. Yes, the same kind of fascination some people have for Jerry Springer and Maury Povich…

        “Trump is NOT the Fuhrer, er, father”

      2. Pretty sure that’s exactly why they go.

        With the decline of movies, theatre, and opera, that’s quite sensible.

    3. I think it plays into itself. I suspect we’re going to see a lot of journalists purposely getting “too close” (define that how you will) to Trump in hopes of getting into a tussle which will result in a badge of honor for the journalist and merely energize Trump’s more rabid supporters even more.

      Think of it as a win-win.

  7. Oh, it’s coming from a guy named Weinstein, huh?

    I think we all know where I’m going with this.

    1. The deli, for some lox?

    2. Yes! A pastrami sandwich for lunch today.

      1. Good work, both of you.

    3. A splinter studio from Miramax?

  8. Wait, his people are now assaulting Trumpbart writers? They’ve been carrying water for him for a year! Wonder if they’ll be going after Morning Joe and Hannity next.

  9. Lewandowski impressed state Sen. Andy Sanborn (R-NH) with his demonstrable passion and energy. Sanborn told NPR that with Lewandowski, “You know he’s in with both feet and both hands and he’s working 100 miles an hour, and he was a formidable adversary or an incredible ally, whatever the issue is.”

    So this Lewandowski guy sounds a lot like Rahm Emanuel.

  10. a weinstein/lewandowski altercation would be too embarrassing to watch. fields should’ve kicked him in the nuts when he grabbed her. did she learn nothing from writing for this site??

  11. Ok, charge Lewandowski with assault and battery. I don’t know why this needs to be jaw-jawed.

    1. It seems that there’s the same level of physical contact that there was in the case of what’s-her-name at the school of journalism.

      1. I’m not sure I get the reference.

        1. Wasn’t there some level of heated discussion here regarding the Melissa Click situation over whether what happened constituted criminal assault and whether that alone justified her firing, let alone charges? (It took me a minute to remember her name)

          1. I thought all the heated discussion was directed at Robby for not being hard enough on her.

            1. I thought all the heated discussion was directed at Robby for not being hard enough on her.

              In Robby’s defense, she’s really not very attractive.

            2. Well, to be fair, Robby seems to engender (patriarchy!) a lot of attention for him either being too… something or other. I probably skipped over those threads. I just focused on the question of whether it really rose to the level of “assault”.

              1. Robby occasionally displays a few unfortunate proggy-symp assumptions and tics.

                We’re just trying to beat them out of him. For his own good, of course.

          2. Ah, yes. And I remember rhetorically tearing Tulpa a new one during those exchanges.

          3. Click-bait.

    1. it hurts on a different level. like if someone were to manhandle Lucy Stag.

      1. First of all, DON’T TALK ABOUT LUCY

        Secondly, I almost feel sorry for anyone dumb enough to do that. The commentariat would show at that person’s house en masse.

  12. Jamie Weinstein
    ?
    ?@Jamie_Weinstein

    Trump always surrounds himself w thugs.

    Hey, Bernie, Hillary, and the rest all get SS details, too.

    1. But this guy was not SS. It’s the first three words of the headline.

      1. The way I missed that… it’s almost like I wasn’t making a serious comment.

  13. Do you think the age of the victim has anything to do with the definition of “manhandle”?

    I can’t be bothered to manhandle just anybody. Your “lecherous snark” detector is on the fritz.

  14. What a stoopid Twitter feed Fields has.

    Beltway gossip. Lame-o soundbites. Half-sentences.

    *googles her* Fox News! Bwa-hahaw!

  15. How about you leave the security to the Secret Service and the private security detail?

    1. What’s the point of hanging out with Trump if you can’t smack a bitch? Bitch, Jew, darkie, whatever. The betas.

      1. that is really not cool.

  16. Trump’s campaign manager Corey Lewandowski “forcibly yanked” Brietbart News reporter Michelle Fields, “nearly bringing her down to the ground”

    Is there any video? That description could cover anything from a relatively gentle tug in a scrum to get her out of the way, to felony assault.

    In the current overheated environment, I’m not taking anybody at their word. I do find it somewhat amusing that people who usually have nothing but scorn for Breitbart and Fox News are giving them, what’s the phrase, “strange new respect” as the Trump churn continues.

    1. gentle tug in a scrum

      I first read this as “gentle tug on the scrotum”.

      1. So did I. I was beginning to think R C finally loosened up a bit.

        1. Hey, when you get to my age, “loosened up” and “scrotum” are pretty much a done deal.

            1. Yes, but, was it *rising* applause?

    2. But no credibility attaches to the fact that it is coming from a Brietbart reporter, who has had their tongue up his ass for nearly a year, right?

      All within the Donald, nothing outside the Donald, nothing against the Donald.

      1. That’s a point in favor of interpreting the statement more negatively, no question.

        Many of the people now taking her word as gospel were dismissing her as lacking all credibility (because Breitbart). Its confirmation bias/ad hominem in action.

      2. It’s Michelle Fields, who is an anti-Trump Breitbart reporter.

        I still believe her because Trump’s aides are scumbags, but this isn’t someone who’s pro-Trump.

        1. She just gets paid by them.

          Besides, there’s plenty of video of Trump supporters pushing people around, so the news here is that his aides do it?

          I am shocked. Really shocked. I’m gonna go lay down.

  17. So, who’ll give me odds Lewandowski becomes Trump’s Ernst Rohm?

    1. I thought David Duke had that job.

  18. Hey Weinstein — a real man would beat the fuck out of that dude who roughed yer girl up instead of sending out a tweet.

    1. Well, he’s a journalist, you know. Sunken-chested, skinny jeans, all that, I’m sure.

      1. Beat me to it, RC.

    2. Oh yeah, I forgot — you’re an Eastern dweeb. *snicker*

  19. Hillary Clinton’s people have notably kept the press roped-off and caged-in on a number of occasions. But Trump events have been marred by threats and violence against both members of the press as well as demonstrators, which Trump has repeatedly condoned.

    Hillary gets no guff from the press. They comply with her demands (don’t photograph me getting on a plane, describe my speeches this way, tell me what questions you will ask in advance, etc.). I wonder what the response would be if they were as aggressive with her as they are with Trump.

    1. The best was, of course, the moving livestock corral of compliant media…

      http://thehill.com/blogs/ballo…..-off-media

      1. Which I see is covered by the actual blog post. D’oh.

    2. That was my point earlier about Trump and his press “pens”. I strongly suspect that Hillary’s press is more than happy to remain penned up.

    3. She doesn’t get guff because she will take the non compliant out back and fire a warning shot in the back of her head.

  20. There isn’t anyone who was going to vote for Trump that isn’t going to vote for him because his campaign manager “manhandled” somebody and “almost” knocked her down.

    Trump has long standing mafia ties.

    You really think this is going to affect him?

    If anything, this is good press for him–like the KKK story was. Trump isn’t in favor of beating up women or the KKK, and writing stories that make it sound like he might be just fans the flames of his support.

    You want to hurt Trump’s nomination chances?

    Start writing stories about how he kisses feminist ass and refers to blacks as “African-Americans”.

    1. If they could get proof of Trump’s War on Christmas, his ratings would tumble.

  21. “euphemistically-titled Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act”

    Euphemism? It indicates setting up fountains, and trees, respectively.

    As for penning in journalists, maybe Lenore can expand her advocacy to Free Range Reporters.

  22. A couple more, and I’ll quite:

    Brietbart News CEO Larry Solov released a statement stating, “It’s obviously unacceptable that someone crossed a line and made physical contact with our reporter.”

    Oh, horseshit. People make physical contact with reporters all the time, especially at press conferences and events where the reporters are pushing and jostling.

    Solov added that if the accusation is true, Lewandowski “owes Michelle an immediate apology.”

    That much is true.

  23. Daily Caller Senior Editor (and Fields’ boyfriend) Jamie Weinstein, who was also present at the press conference, called Lewandowski a thug on Twitter

    First of all, lucky SOB. Secondly, if someone had manhandled my wife (or girlfriend when we were just dating) I would have done a lot more than call him a thug later on Twitter. I would have called him a thug to his face and hope that the POS is stupid enough to escalate the situation from there. Then the beatdown would commence. That;s the only things shitheads like Lewandowski (and his boss for that matter) understand.

    And somehow I’m not surprised that a bullying, thin-skinned, narcissistic asshole surrounds himself with other bullying, thin-skinned, narcissistic assholes.

  24. Is that the same type of manhandling that I heard that a “journalist’s” friend received but the video showed otherwise? Of course the journalist said he believes his friend over a video.

  25. This is hilarious because Breitbart has been really pushing Trump (and some say encouraging people to harass Trump Critics)

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/a…..itics.html

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