The Breitbart News reporter who was “aggressively” pulled almost to the ground by Donald Trump’s campaign manager Corey Lewandowski wrote Thursday that Lewandowski was “out of line.”
Michelle Fields recounted her experience Tuesday night at Trump’s golf club in Jupiter, Florida, saying she had previously covered Trump events without incident.
I wasn’t called upon to ask a question during the televised press conference, but afterwards Trump wandered around, stopping at every reporter to take their questions. When he approached me, I asked him about his view on an aspect of affirmative action.
Trump acknowledged the question, but before he could answer I was jolted backwards. Someone had grabbed me tightly by the arm and yanked me down. I almost fell to the ground, but was able to maintain my balance. Nonetheless, I was shaken.
Fields wrote that Ben Terris, a reporter for The Washington Post, “immediately remarked” it was Lewandowski who had forcibly grabbed her arm.
There was no apology or explanation, she wrote.
“Even if Trump was done taking questions, Lewandowski would be out of line. Campaign managers aren’t supposed to try to forcefully throw reporters to the ground, no matter the circumstance,” she said.
There were no warnings that the candidate was done with questions, Fields wrote.
“No one was pushing him to get away. He seemed to have been happily answering queries from my fellow reporters just a moment before,” she added.