Corey Lewandowski (Credit: CNN) (CNN)

Trump's campaign manager calls women who claims he assaulted her "delusional" — but refuses, so far, to submit to a lie detector test

Corey Lewandowski is up for a fight, unless it involves verifiable facts and expert observation, in which case, no


Scott Eric Kaufman
March 11, 2016 8:32PM (UTC)

Salon's Sophia Tesfaye reported yesterday on the alleged assault of Breitbart's Michelle Forbes by Donald Trump's campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, on Tuesday.

According to Forbes, she attempted to ask a question on behalf of her pro-Trump organization when Lewandowski "grabbed her arm and yanked her out of the way." Forbes published a lengthy account of the incident, but because we now live in an age in which even even Mitt Romney is wont to say, "Pics or it didn't happen," not even other Breitbart staffers were inclined to believe her.

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For his part, Lewandowski had the Trump campaign issue a strongly worded denial, insisting that Forbes simply wanted "to become part of the news story," even though "[t]his individual has never met Corey, nor had the only reporter that supposedly identified him. There are often large crowds aggressively seeking access to Mr. Trump and our staff would never do anything to harm another individual, while at the same time understanding that Mr. Trump and his personal space should never be invaded."

Or, more succinctly, as Lewandowski himself put it on Twitter, albeit by proxy:

That prompted Forbes to respond:

Instead of allowing the controversy to fall into the memory hole that consumes all of Trump's many, many killing foibles -- most of which would have murdered the aspirations of lesser candidates -- Lewandowski took to Twitter again in the wee hours of the morning:

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Why? Given the timing, here's one possible reason:

Fields was unimpressed by his layman's diagnosis, and decided to put her money where her accusations are, challenging the GOP front-runner's campaign manager to a battle of lie detector tests:


Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at skaufman@salon.com.

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