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Trump’s manager charged with battery for incident during Florida campaign rally

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Tuesday, Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, was charged with a battery misdemeanor after an alleged altercation happened between reporter Michelle Fields. Lewandowski supposedly grabbed Fields when she was attempting to interview Trump at his Jupiter, Florida rally. Now, Lewandowski could face the consequences of the charge, but Trump stands behind Lewandowski and says he did nothing. Choose your side after reading more.

Donald Trump, 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate, has been under fire for the supposed actions of his campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski.

Lewandowski was charged with a misdemeanor battery after an incident between the manager and a reporter took place in early March. He was issued to be seen before a judge on May 4.

After a Trump speech on March 8 in Jupiter, Fla, Lewandowski allegedly grabbed Michelle Fields’s, a reporter, arm when she was trying to interview Trump.

The charge was given after viewing footage of the occurrence and interviewing Fields and a witness of it. The video footage obtained by the Jupiter Police Department followed the witness’s account and showed Lewandowski grabbing Fields and her twisting away. [1]

Simple battery, a misdemeanor defined in Florida statute as “actually and intentionally” touching or striking a person against his or her will. A first offense is punishable by up to a year in prison or a fine of up to $1,000.[2]

Hope Hicks, Trump Campaign spokesperson, made a statement, “Mr. Lewandowski is absolutely innocent of this charge. He will enter a plea of not guilty and looks forward to his day in court. He is completely confident that he will be exonerated.” Hicks also directed all inquiries to inquiries to lawyers Scott Richardson and Kendall Coffee of Miami.

Trump also made a statement through Twitter, “Wow, Corey Lewandowski, my campaign manager and a very decent man, was just charged with assaulting a reporter. Look at tapes-nothing there!”[3]

Trump’s campaign has been criticized for the past few weeks over the rowdy nature of their rallies.

Ted Cruz’s, 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate, spokesperson, Catherine Frazier,  said, “Unfortunately, this abusive behavior seems to be part of the culture of the Trump campaign. Personal attacks, verbal attacks, and now physical attacks, have no place in politics or anywhere else in our society.”[4]

Lewandowski took to Twitter and declared his innocence and taking jabs at Fields calling her “totally delusional” and an “attention seeker.”[5]


[1] http://www.wsj.com/articles/trump-campaign-manager-denies-allegation-of-assault-1459266539

[2] http://www.wsj.com/articles/trump-campaign-manager-denies-allegation-of-assault-1459266539

[3] http://www.wsj.com/articles/trump-campaign-manager-denies-allegation-of-assault-1459266539

[4] http://www.wsj.com/articles/trump-campaign-manager-denies-allegation-of-assault-1459266539

[5] https://twitter.com/CLewandowski_


Josey graduated from Malone University with a communication arts degree with an emphasis in public relations and marketing minor. She was the editor in chief of the student newspaper, The Aviso. When she was about 12 years old she read her first magazine and instantly knew she wanted to write for one. She absolutely loves telling a story through her writing.

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