Trump Camp Responds To Breitbart Reporter Allegations: ‘Entirely False’

UNITED STATES - MARCH 9 - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally at the Crown Center Coliseum in Fayetteville, N.C, Wednesday, March 9, 2016. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call) (CQ Ro... UNITED STATES - MARCH 9 - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally at the Crown Center Coliseum in Fayetteville, N.C, Wednesday, March 9, 2016. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call) (CQ Roll Call via AP Images) MORE LESS
Start your day with TPM.
Sign up for the Morning Memo newsletter

Updated 3:07 p.m. ET

Donald Trump’s campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks responded Thursday to allegations from a Breitbart reporter that Trump’s campaign manager Corey Lewandowski forcibly yanked her by the arm after a press conference in Florida.

“The accusation, which as only been made in the media and never addressed directly with the campaign, is entirely false,” Hicks said in a statement to ABC News.

“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,” Hicks said in the statement.

Hicks’ statement conflicts with a report from The Washington Post’s Ben Terris, who initially identified Lewandowski to Michelle Fields, the Breitbart News reporter involved.

From Terris’ account of the night:

When Donald Trump descended into the crowd after speaking Tuesday night, the instinct to defend kicked in.

As security parted the masses to give him passage out of the chandelier-lit ballroom, Michelle Fields, a young reporter for Trump-friendly Breitbart News, pressed forward to ask the GOP front-runner a question. I watched as a man with short-cropped hair and a suit grabbed her arm and yanked her out of the way. He was Corey Lewandowski, Trump’s 41-year-old campaign manager.

Fields stumbled. Finger-shaped bruises formed on her arm.

“I’m just a little spooked,” she said, a tear streaming down her face. “No one has grabbed me like that before.”

She took my arm and squeezed it hard. “I don’t even want to do it as hard as he did,” she said, “because it would hurt.”

Breitbart News CEO Larry Solov said in a statement Wednesday that Lewandowski owed Fields “an immediate apology” if it was indeed Lewandowski who grabbed her.

“What Michelle has told us directly is that someone ‘grabbed her arm’ and while she did not see who it was, Ben Terris of the Washington Post told her that it was Corey Lewandowski,” he said in the statement.

Hicks also said in the statement that “this individual” making the allegation—she did not name Fields—never met Lewandowski. She added staffers “would never do anything to harm another individual.”

Hicks said the individual should have addressed her concerns with the campaign “first and not via twitter (sic).”

“This person claims she does not want to 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 (sic), especially since no other outlet or reporter witnessed or questioned anything that transpired that evening,” she said in the statement to ABC.

“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,” the statement read.

After the statement was circulated, Fields tweeted a photo of the bruise she says she sustained in the run-in with Lewandowski.

Fields’ boyfriend, Daily Caller editor Jamie Weinstein, had tweeted about the incident Tuesday night. After Hicks’ statement, he tweeted out a picture of Fields at the Occupy Wall Street protests in her defense:

Lewandowski then tweeted two stories involving Fields from the Daily Caller and conservative journalist Charles C. Johnson’s website GotNews.com, labelling her an “attention seeker”:

Latest Livewire

Notable Replies

  1. Can a primary voter be sued for not voting for Trump?

  2. What’s entirely false is this denial. The assault was witnessed by a Post reporter. They’re simply straight-up lying in the face of eyewitnesses.

  3. “Our staff would never do anything to harm another individual.”

    Trump staff is composed of only the very best, very classiest people.

    “Every vicious criminal and gunslinger in the West: Rustlers, cut throats, murderers, bounty hunters, desperados, mugs, pugs, thugs, nitwits, halfwits, dimwits, vipers, snipers, con men, Indian agents, Mexican bandits, muggers, buggerers, bushwhackers, hornswogglers, horse thieves, train robbers, bank robbers, ass kickers, shit kickers – and Methodists.”

  4. And the Clown Circus continues unabated…

  5. Well seems to be at least 1 witness.

    But the irony is not lost that Breitbart helped create this whole circus, carnival barker, and animals that follow him.

Continue the discussion at forums.talkingpointsmemo.com

30 more replies

Participants

Avatar for system1 Avatar for david_e_brown Avatar for alliebean Avatar for anniew Avatar for sysprog Avatar for mattinpa Avatar for avattoir Avatar for commiedearest Avatar for 1daven Avatar for mrcurmudgeon Avatar for rudesan Avatar for wwss Avatar for inversion Avatar for hychka Avatar for callmeeric Avatar for sniffit Avatar for daveyjones64 Avatar for theghostofeustacetilley Avatar for bimble Avatar for johnndell Avatar for twowolves Avatar for emilianoelmexicano Avatar for tena Avatar for buckaroobanzai

Continue Discussion
Masthead Masthead
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Associate Editor:
Editor at Large:
General Counsel:
Publisher:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Associate Publisher:
Front End Developer:
Senior Designer: