Donald Trump’s ex-campaign manager on Monday defended his former boss’ choice to deliver speeches supposedly aimed at black voters while in largely white communities, explaining that the last time Trump tried to give a speech in a black neighborhood it was “overrun” and “not a safe environment.”
“You know what ‘ amazing to me is that no one remembers that Donald Trump went to go have a rally in Chicago at the university,” Corey Lewandowski said on CNN. “And do you remember what happened? It was so chaotic and it was so out of control that Secret Service and the Chicago Police Department told him, you could not get in and out of that facility safely, and that rally was canceled.”
In March, the Trump campaign canceled a rally planned at the University of Illinois in Chicago because of protests outside of the venue.
“And you showed the footage many times of the individuals who attended that rally. Donald Trump had that rally booked,” Lewandowski added.
The other panelists pressed Lewandowksi on what that event had to do with the current scrutiny of Trump’s comments to black voters.
“That is a black community. He went to the heart of Chicago to go and give a speech to the University of Chicago in a campus, which is predominantly African-American, to make that argument,” Lewandowski said, mistaking the name of the university where the speech was supposed to take place. “And you know what happened? The campus was overrun and it was not a safe environment.”
Lewandowski said all the attention paid to the location of Trump’s speeches was “egregious.”
“So when he tries to go and give it and can’t because of the chaos,” he said. “Whose fault is it that that particular event in Chicago was completely destroyed?”