Trump's campaign manager accused of manhandling female Breitbart reporter

Corey Lewandowski allegedly tried to throw Michelle Fields to the ground as she tried to question Trump last night

By Sophia Tesfaye

Senior Politics Editor

Published March 9, 2016 3:18PM (EST)

Corey Lewandowski (Credit: CNN) (CNN)
Corey Lewandowski (Credit: CNN) (CNN)

The Trump campaign's hostility to the press has reached such a fevered pitch that a top campaign official tried to physically prevent a Breitbart reporter from doing her job.

Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski is accused of forcibly grabbing Breitbart's Michelle Fields as she attempted to ask Trump a question after his bizarre victory press conference in Jupiter, Florida, Tuesday night.

Daily Caller senior editor Jaime Weinstein, who is Fields' boyfriend, called out Lewandowski as a "thug" in a series of angry tweets Tuesday:

An unidentified witness told Politico that Fields was “clearly roughed up” by Lewandowski after "nearly bringing her down to the ground."

While this latest incident immediately followed Trump himself taunting an NBC reporter from his podium Tuesday evening for daring to ask about Trump's use of profanity and weeks after a Secret Service agent placed Time photographer Chris Morris in a choke-hold and slammed him onto a table for stepping outside of the sanctioned press pen, Lewandowski going after Trump's most favorable media outlet, Breitbart, comes as a surprise.

Breitbart News CEO Larry Solov, said in a statement Wednesday that "it's obviously unacceptable that someone crossed a line and made physical contact with our reporter."

"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," Solov added. "If that’s the case, Corey owes Michelle an immediate apology.”

Neither the Trump campaign nor Fields have publicly commented on the incident yet.

By Sophia Tesfaye

Sophia Tesfaye is Salon's senior editor for news and politics, and resides in Washington, D.C. You can find her on Twitter at @SophiaTesfaye.

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