Here’s the evidence of battery against top Trump aide

Corey Lewandowski, left, with his boss Donald Trump (AP)

Corey Lewandowski, left, with his boss Donald Trump (AP)

The arrest of Corey Lewandowski, campaign manager for Donald Trump, on charges of misdemeanor battery against a female reporter accelerates the downward spiral that the Trump campaign has suffered in recent days. The fact that Trump and his campaign still strongly defend Lewandowski, despite clear video of his involvement, only compounds its impact.

Not that Trump has any real choice. Backing down at this point would make him appear weak to his followers, and they will forgive him every mistake except that one. But to everyone outside Trump’s camp, his refusal to apologize or even acknowledge what happened also makes him look weak, and strengthens the growing sense of a campaign coming unraveled.

To be clear, this is not a case of punches being thrown or felony assault.  The security videotape clearly shows Lewandowski walking behind the reporter, Michelle Fields, then reaching out and grabbing Field’s arm and yanking her backward as if she were a runaway child so that he can move ahead of her in Trump’s wake.

It’s an assertion of physical dominance that Lewandowski probably would not have attempted against a man his own size, and probably could not have achieved without risking a confrontation. But because Fields is a physically smaller, weaker person, he apparently felt free to do so. (Afterward, he denied ever laying on finger on Fields, calling her “totally delusional”. Just another one of those crazy chicks, in other words.)

Male supporters of Trump who might be tempted to dismiss the situation should ask themselves how they would react if someone treated their wife, sister or mother that way, grabbing her so roughly as to leave bruises on her arm. They might also ask themselves how they themselves would feel if somebody considerably larger and stronger, say a man who is six feet eight and 280 pounds, suddenly grabbed their arm and treated them that way.

The incident can best be understood through a series of four still photos captured from the security video:

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In the first photo, Michelle Fields, in the cream jacket, walks alongside Donald Trump. Corey Lewandowski can be seen approaching from the top.

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In the second photo, Lewandowski has reached out with his left hand, grabbing Fields’ forearm and yanking her toward him.

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In the third screenshot, Lewandowski has grabbed Fields’ jacket with his right hand and her left forearm with his left hand and is physically yanking her out of his way.

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In the last photo, a stunned Fields watches Lewandowski surge past her.

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Later, after Lewandowski and the Trump campaign denied that anything had happened, Fields photographed the finger marks left on her bruised left arm during the encounter. A Palm Beach detective later saw the bruising firsthand.

 

Again, this is not a brutal mugging. But it certainly is an act of physical, unprovoked aggression that should not be tolerated. A judge or jury will have the final say, but a charge of misdemeanor battery seems perfectly appropriate.

At the very least, Lewandowski should publicly apologize for his behavior, and Trump should apologize as well for the aspersions that he has cast on Fields’ character and veracity in the aftermath. But we all know that’s not going to happen. That would require a modicum of class and a capacity to feel shame, and Trump is capable of neither.

Any doubt about that fact was eliminated in a Trump press conference this afternoon. “How do you know those bruises weren’t there before?”, he asked in defending Lewandowski.

 

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xxxzzz
xxxzzz

Why do I think nobody would be outraged if this was a Clinton aide doing it to Megyn Kelly (and he would probably be applauded on here).  And he was charged by a DA who is heavily involved with the Clinton campaign.  It is an abuse of office by the DA.  You get worse crossing the street in New York City.

TBS
TBS

In the last week we have been introduced to Paul Horner and now Mike Cernavich

The gullible duo didn't let us down

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

Hey Kammo, how about saving one of your middling barbs for Hedley and his fanatical anti-communist ranting? 

Might make you look at little less like a Dem water carrier, at least not 24/7.  Just a thought.

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

 he commies still bemoan the fall of the iron curtain. Those were the good old days of walls, bread lines and barbed wire.  // 

Again with the barbed wire. Lol!

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@Donnie_Pinko http://tinyurl.com/j7mmxdq


There was lots of it.


Didn't stop people from attempting to flee communism. Many paid with their very lives. Preferring to die than live another day under the Marxist regime.


Funny, nobody was headed in the other direction. Wonder why .....

rimsky
rimsky

Luckovich is an idiot who hides behind his cartoons. /////

Coming from a guy hiding behind a fake name in this blog..  LOL

Kamchak
Kamchak

Mike Cernovich?

"Brother, I don't believe I'da told that."

-- Thomas "Lewis Grizzard" Jefferson

TBS
TBS

When you yearn to be a more dominant man... Mike Cernovich is your go to guy

Ask DIA for details

TBS
TBS

DIA

Danger and play, huh?

TBS
TBS

Mike Cernavich?

Bwhahahabwhhah

ByteMe
ByteMe

@TBS Like Field and Stream for the ED crowd.

TBS
TBS

The irony is that earlier DIA was mentioning liberal men, tofu and hormones

Yet he is surfing sites to learn how to be a more dominant man

You couldn't make this up if you tried

bwhhaha

And for the record.. This without a doubt will never not be funny

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

@TBS All of the tax returns are finished.  All the checks are in the bank.  No problem employees this morning.  I have too much time on my hands this morning, I suppose!

ByteMe
ByteMe

@DownInAlbany Only a moron would confuse that site with the phrase " quite a few reporters who were also duped."

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@DownInAlbany

from the proprietor of this establishment:


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Mike Cernovich is considered one of the most controversial men on the Internet, as he tells the truth without fear of offending the politically correct or weak-minded. Cernovich has been attacked by Gawker, Newsweek, and other anti-men publications. MSNBC had a guest on to discuss Cernovich’s “offensive” views on how men want to live. 


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DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

@ByteMe @DownInAlbany Moron's generally jump to conclusions only to be embarrassed by their actions later.  Like the "evidence" presented as a "battery."

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@DownInAlbany @ByteMe What has happened here is you have found an obscure website that confirms what you knew all along.


Nothing more.


That and reality aren't the same things.



BuckeyeGa
BuckeyeGa

@DIA,

Lewandowski lied o Fields

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

And in another edition of The Punchlines Write Themselves: 

the wisdom of our J-Reb.


Luckovich is an idiot who hides behind his cartoons. 

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

 You know, it could be worse, if Putin ran for the GOP nomination he'd have it sewn up by now.

/ / 

And liberals look down their noses at the right wing for their stereotypical, herd-like thinking. Lol.

td1234
td1234

@TBS Whipped your butt, but you are right that is nothing. 

TBS
TBS

Just post your data when you are ready

You Paul Horner groupie you

Paul Horner

Bwhahahabwhhaha

TBS
TBS

So you got nothing.. As usual

Got it.. You Paul Horner fan you

TBS
TBS

And cons look down their noses at libs

And you look down on both

Nice little merry go round, huh?

You are right in the middle of the fray my mind.. No worse but by no means above it

Yes the Putin card can be overplayed but you sure get sensitive about it

And you overplay things

Libs overplay things

Cons overplay things

There goes that merry go round

TBS
TBS

My man

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@TBS  Yes the Putin card can be overplayed but you sure get sensitive about it


The commies still bemoan the fall of the iron curtain. Those were the good old days of walls, bread lines and barbed wire.

td1234
td1234

@TBS Oh now that is too funny. "cons look down their noses at libs" 


It is the other way around. It is the elitist progressives in the media and on these blogs that look down their noses at cons. Almost on a daily basis do you see some kind of statement to the effect "backwards", "not evolved", "racist", "sexist"... 


All those comment are meant to degrade and to shut off debate of the issues because progressives believe they are better. 


TBS
TBS

Lol

You still researching the data to back up your all across western Europe comment?

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@td1234 @TBS It is the elitist progressives in the media and on these blogs that look down their noses at cons. Almost on a daily basis


Well to be fair you give us plenty of ammo.


Believe in evolution ? Probably not. 


Climate Change ? Definitely not. We know better than all those Sciency folks.


Who is your nominee. A buffoon like Trump.


I mean cmon.


All those comment are meant to degrade

and to shut off debate of the issues


No they are meant to educate you.


 because progressives believe they are better. 


We are.

td1234
td1234

@TBS Did not ever begin because the data is there for anyone that wants to take off the blinders and see how bad min. wage and other mandated central government labor laws have been on European youth employment. 

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@td1234 @TBS Jesus just admit you made it up.


Everywhere there have been min wage hikes in America it has had ZERO effect on unemployment rates.


NONE.


That is a fact.

td1234
td1234

@Hedley_Lammar Made what up? Companies in Europe are going to technology because unskilled labor is not worth the cost any longer in western European countries? Wage laws have significantly contributed to the situation? 


What exactly did my opinion make up? 

Fly-On-The-Wall
Fly-On-The-Wall

I know the behavior wasn't the best but I don't see the issue.  I'm not a fan of Trump by any means, I think he's the worst possible person to be POTUS but if that act was done by a Secret Service agent there would be less said about this.  He should apologize and then we can move on.  If he has similar encounters in the future (or worse) then he should be fired.  But this one issue seems, IMO, to be blown out of proportion.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

But see, when you have a candidate who encourages violence, and a "news" outlet blindly tongue bathing the candidate?

It's not really "blown out of proportion." It's an important piece of a puzzle.

xxxzzz
xxxzzz

@Visual_Cortex Well Sanders and Clinton have applauded those leftists who shut down Trump's rally in Chicago and have been seeking confrontations.  Perhaps we should hold them responsible.