In his first interview Thursday night since Florida battery charges were dropped, Donald Trump’s campaign manager Corey Lewandowski told Fox News host Sean Hannity the whole matter has been “a huge distraction” to the campaign.
Hannity also refused to press Lewandowski about his repeated claims that he never touched former Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields after a March 8 press conference in Jupiter, Florida. According to findings from the state attorney’s office, Lewandowski “reached forward and grabbed Ms. Fields’ arm” to pull her away from the candidate.
Hannity said the press emphasizing Lewandowski’s earlier remarks, coupled with surveillance video showing he “might have touched her” made him think, “Is this where we’ve gotten to in this campaign?”
“It’s not just the campaign, it’s this whole notion of political correctness,” Lewandowski replied.
The campaign manager went on to say he’s still never spoken to Fields about the incident, which he learned about on Twitter, and would have preferred to resolve the issue privately.
Asked about Fields bringing a possible defamation case against him, Lewandowski said “people can do whatever they want.”
Lewandowski also thanked Trump for his loyalty under fire after Hannity asked, “Are you a little annoyed, angry, upset, that they brought it up in the first place?”
“My sum total of that relationship with her was about three seconds long,” he said. “It wasn’t very memorable…[but it’s] taken up a big piece of my life.”
Watch the interview via Fox News: