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The last bastion of Trump’s media defense has fallen victim of a friendly fire

"Many people have been asking me on Twitter and in emails what exactly happened Tuesday night. I hope this article answers those questions and I can get back to reporting the news, not being a part of it."

You don’t see a lot of media support for Donald Trump on the internet. From bland dismissal and crude jokes to vile and hateful name-calling, he has seen it all over the past couple of months, though not all news agencies have pointed their ‘paper cannons’ at him and in fact some have even sided with Mr.Trump. One such newspaper, and a strong proponent of his at that, is (was?) Breitbart.

However, it appears that these ‘Two Noble Kinsmen’ have fallen into a similar trap that consumed their Shakespearean counterparts. And Emilia’s part has been assigned to Michelle Fields, who unwillingly caused a divide between two friends, with a significant amount of help from Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski.

Michelle Fields reporting:

On Tuesday night, I went to cover Donald Trump’s press conference at the Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter, Florida. I was looking to cover the event like I have covered many live political events for Breitbart News, including an uneventful Trump press conference in Palm Beach the week before.

Addressing the gathered reporters and the nation at large, Trump was in an especially jovial mood Tuesday night. The networks just declared he had won the Mississippi Republican primary and, during his speech, that he won Michigan Republican primary as well.

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.  

Even if Trump was done taking questions, Lewandowski would be out of line. Campaign managers aren’t supposed to try to forcefully throw reporters to the ground, no matter the circumstance. But what made this especially jarring is that there was no hint Trump was done taking questions. No one was pushing him to get away. He seemed to have been happily answering queries from my fellow reporters just a moment before.  

Many people have been asking me on Twitter and in emails what exactly happened Tuesday night. I hope this article answers those questions and I can get back to reporting the news, not being a part of it.

 

As proof of what happened to her, she left this photo of her arm on a personal Twitter account and you can clearly see the bruises the Lewandowski’s grip left.

https://twitter.com/MichelleFields/status/708005032839548929/photo/1

It is unclear at this point what would become of this incident and we can only guess if it would push even more media outlets away from Trump, but the precedent is here and it’s going to stay here, with us, and with Donald Trump.

By Stefan Paraber for GIA

EXPERT OPINION

Joshua Tartakovsky

Pushing people down for asking a question is unacceptable regardless of who it happens to. Trump would be wise to fire the two. They are causing trouble and pushing away the few reporters who actually give Trump a fair coverage. Even if they overreacted or made a mistake, it is unacceptable and shows a lack of control. The media uses the smallest incident to demonize Trump, Trump doesn’t need people who work for him to help them to get more such stories in the headlines.  One may argue that Trump’s people are causing trouble for him intentionally but since blacks and Muslims have been attacked before in Trump’s events, this should not come as a surprise. While Trump cannot control every lunatic who is in the crowd, he should not accept such an attack coming from his own co-workers.  An apology should be issued as soon as possible. Firing the two will send a strong message. But if Trump is serious and not engaging in a show, then this incident cannot be allowed to pass, at least if he is serious about running. 

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