Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields today posted images of bruises allegedly left on her arm by Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, who grabbed her after she attempted to ask Trump a question about affirmative action Tuesday night.
“I guess these just magically appeared on me @CLewandowski_ @realDonaldTrump,” she tweeted. “So weird.”
Her tweet was in apparent response to a denial issued by the Trump campaign, which suggested she might be lying about the incident.
The accusation, which has only been made in the media and never addressed directly with the campaign, is entirely false. As one of dozens of individuals present as Mr. Trump exited the press conference I did not witness any encounter. In addition to our staff, which had no knowledge of said situation, not a single camera or reporter of more than 100 in attendance captured the alleged incident.
This individual has never met Corey, nor had the only reporter that supposedly identified him. There are often large crowds aggressively seeking access to Mr. Trump and our staff would never do anything to harm another individual, while at the same time understanding that Mr. Trump and his personal space should never be invaded.
This person claims she does not want to be part of the news, and only report it, however if that was the case, any concerns, however unfounded they may be, should have been voiced directly first and not via twitter, especially since no other outlet or reporter witnessed or questioned anything that transpired that evening. We leave to others whether this part of a larger pattern of exaggerating incidents, but on multiple occasions she has become part of the news story as opposed to reporting it. Recall she also claimed to have been beaten by a New York City Police officer with a baton.
Despite the Trump campaign’s assertion that “no other outlet or reporter witnessed or questioned anything that transpired that evening,” Washington Post reporter Ben Terris says he saw the incident occur. The Trump campaign appears to be aware of this: A meeting Terris had scheduled with Lewandowski Wednesday was canceled due to “scheduling conflicts” after he was named as a witness on Breitbart.
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