Ann Coulter takes a parting swipe at ex-Breitbart staffer after prosecutors decline to press charges against Trump campaign manager

While MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski piles on: The whole thing was “a joke from the beginning”

By Sophia Tesfaye

Senior Politics Editor

Published April 15, 2016 5:44PM (EDT)

Donald Trump, Ann Coulter   (Reuters/Jonathan Ernst/AP/Andy Kropa/Photo montage by Salon)
Donald Trump, Ann Coulter (Reuters/Jonathan Ernst/AP/Andy Kropa/Photo montage by Salon)

Ann Coulter must have realized that her recent reluctance to staying aboard the Trump train wasn't as attention generating as her full-throated championing of their shared campaign of xenophobia, so this week she's returned to generate headlines on behalf of her fellow conveniently conservative bloviator -- this time, displaying her most magnanimous spirit.

"We’re a forgiving ppl and the minute former reporter Michelle Fields apologizes, we should warmly accept it," Coulter wrote on Twitter Thursday, after prosecutors in Florida declined to press charges against Trump campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, whom Fields said aggressively grabbed her away from asking the Republican frontrunner a question last month:

"If Michelle Fields wanted to have a conversation, we could have had a conversation privately and not made this the story that it is today," Lewandowski told Sean Hannity during a Fox News interview Thursday night. Of course, Lewandowski initially denied ever even meeting Fields, let alone grabbing her. Although shortly after the incident Fields, who was reporting for right-wing website but has since left the pro-Trump media outlet, told Fox News that she had reached out to Lewandowski seeking apology, the campaign operative denied any contact with her after the incident.

“That night — it was never reported, but I called Michelle Fields, because I didn’t know what happened, honestly," Lewandowski told CNN's Chris Cuomo on "New Day" Friday. "And to this day, I have never heard back from Michelle. So it’s not that we didn’t try and reach out to get to the bottom of it. It seems to me that she wanted to inject herself into making it a story and now I'm glad the story is over."

And while the altercation may have turned other female conservative pundits not named Coulter off of Trump, over on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" co-host Mika Brzezinski dismissed Lewandowski's actions as a minor kerfuffle and painted Fields' reaction as a deeply undermining act of betrayal to women in journalism.

Reacting to the news Friday morning, Brzezinski mockingly noted that, “For the first time, we’ve heard nothing from the reporter who’s made these accusations, nothing at all."

"She tweeted a lot about it,"  Brzezinski continued. "She was very upset when it happened, you could hear the audiotape. She was saying, ‘Oh, my god, oh, my god.'”

Recounting how she had suffered through much worse as a female journalist (she didn't indicate if she meant in the past or in her current role sitting beside Joe Scarborough for three hours every morning), Brzezinski warned that "women have a responsibility to make sure that we bring to the table valuable credibility, and that we don’t — I think something that is sort of hard to talk about happened here."

“But this was a joke from the beginning,” she concluded, dismissing Fields' account:

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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