Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump denied on March 10 that his campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, roughed up a reporter, Michelle Fields, on March 8 at a press conference in Jupiter, Florida (video below).
Trump was asked about the alleged incident after the GOP debate on CNN, but not during the debate or post-debate interview, notes Mediaite.com.
"They said absolutely nothing happened, he didn't hear about it until the next day," Trump stated. "So, I wasn't involved in it, but the Secret Service was surrounding everybody and they said nothing happened. Everybody said nothing happened. Perhaps he made the story up, I think that's what happened."
POLITICO published audio and a transcript of the incident, which was witnessed by Ben Terris, a reporter for The Washington Post.
Fields, who reports for Breitbart.com, was asking Trump if he opposed affirmative action when Lewandowski allegedly yanked her down.
“Yea he just threw you down," Terris states on the audio.
“I can’t believe he just did that that was so hard," Fields replies. "Was that Corey?"
“Yeah, like, what threat were you?" Terris states.
"That was insane," Fields says. "You should have felt how hard he grabbed me. That's insane. I’ve never had anyone do that to me from a campaign."
Later in the audio, Fields adds, “He literally went like this and was grabbing me down. I don’t even want to do what he just did to me. Oh my God, that really spooked me that someone would do that."
Fields wrote a first-hand account of the incident on Breitbart.com on March 10:
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.
The Washington Post’s Ben Terris immediately remarked that it was Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, who aggressively tried to pull me to the ground. I quickly turned around and saw Lewandowski and Trump exiting the building together. No apology. No explanation for why he did this.