Donald Trump’s campaign manager Corey Lewandowski was charged with misdemeanor battery in Jupiter, Florida stemming from an incident with former Breitbart News reporter Michelle Fields. Ms. Fields made a lot of noise about the incident for weeks, claiming that she was roughly handled, even thrown down and abused. In return, the Washington press corps rolled out the red carpet for her. She got sympathetic interviews from Megyn Kelly on The Kelly File on Fox News and from others.
In fact, she told Fox that aside from her father’s death this is “the worst experience (she) has gone through.” Wow. It must have been a terrible assault. How could it have happened in a room full of people with cameras rolling and no one noticed at the time? Good question. You can see video at about the 40 second mark in the video.
For his part, Mr. Lewandowski says that he did nothing more than brush past her as Trump and his Secret Service security team left the Miami debate. The security camera footage certainly shows Lewandowski making contact with Fields. Was it more than has happened to most people at a concert or on a subway? The video just doesn’t seem to live up to the claims.
But Ms. Fields saw an opportunity and ran with it – ran to Twitter and to every media outlet where she should get a microphone. Did we mention that she has a book coming out in June? That’s probably just a coincidence. And she upped the ante, playing the victim by resigning from her job at Breitbart. But the truth in these things tends to come out.
Security camera footage has now been released which shows the incident from a different angle. And left-leaning Piers Morgan of the Mail Online posted this tweet.
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) March 29, 2016
Now everyone can see the video evidence. Whatever happened certainly doesn’t appear to be as bad as the death of a parent, but people can decide for themselves. That said, the entire incident shows that most of the media is all too willing to believe the worst of Donald Trump and the people around him. It has become less about the actual incident and more a proxy for how people feel about Donald Trump.
Still, the claim has been made, charges filed, and Mr. Lewandowski will appear in court on May 4th. He has said he will enter a plea of “not guilty.” The material facts are out. The court will decide the legal issues and public opinion will decide the rest.