OK, people, let’s get something straight, because making updates to the last post I wrote about this is inadequate, and I’m getting a lot of comments to the effect of, “See? Fields lied! It was a HOAX!” based on this video the
Trump-loving Gateway Pundit that literally gives Trump a digital blow job every time they publish a report (per a request by fellow blogger Brad Johnson to be more precise) put out.
Gateway Pundit gleefully declared this “CASE CLOSED!” and claims it’s a hoax. But let’s examine this closer.
The video does, in fact, show Lewandowski doing exactly what she said, pulling her backwards to push past her.
The C-Span video I linked to earlier also shows him reaching for her arm – ostensibly to pull her back and out of his way.
There is no doubt that this happened. It’s clear from two separate videos.
There is a question, however, of how hard he pulled her back.
It’s obviously not as hard as she claimed, but hard enough to have left bruises on her arm – the same arm both videos show him reaching for.
She obviously wasn’t traumatized, as she claims.
Did this merit an assault charge? I don’t think so.
That said, he did grab her, he did push her out of the way, and he manhandled her hard enough to leave bruises.
So what should any normal, decent human being so when that happens, and he’s informed about it by a media outlet famous for being sycophantically friendly to the campaign and the candidate?
Any normal, decent human being would just apologize and move on, which is exactly what Fields said she expected. In a statement two days after the incident, she said she hopes that clears everything up and that she hoped to get back to reporting news instead of being part of it. This should have been easy. “Hey, sorry about that.” That’s all. Simple, right?
Media outlets like Reason reported from the start that this wasn’t even about how roughly he handled her. “A reporter who saw last night’s incident told Reason that what was particularly striking wasn’t so much the physicality of the incident, but the fact that it was a senior campaign staffer, rather than private security, police, or the Secret Service engaged in such behavior, and that it happened in plain sight of a room full of reporters.”
Hell, even Breitbart News CEO and president Larry Solov initially released a statement calling for an apology from the Trump campaign manager… that is before
Breitbart Trumpbart rolled right back over and crawled right back up Trump’s anus.
I get the feeling that had he apologized, this wouldn’t have been a big deal at all and would have blown over. I’m not Fields, so I’m not in her brain, but yeah, I get that feeling.
But instead, Lewandowski and Trump went full retard, engaging in character assassination on social media and accusing her of making everything up.
Because Trump is too big and too important to apologize for anything, apparently. He’s never wrong, and neither is his staff. They’re pure and everyone else is making stuff up to hurt them.
So hopefully this puts that to bed.
Did he manhandle her? Yes.
Was it intentional? Probably not. He looked like he was roughly pulling her out of the way to get past her.
Was she nearly pulled off her feet, like she claimed? No. But he pulled her hard enough to leave marks.
Did it warrant an assault charge? Likely not, but I think this was more in retaliation for Lewandowski and Trump actively engaging in a campaign of character assassination against her after the incident than it was about the grab itself.
Not that I approve of using the legal system to retaliate against douchebags. Frankly, had it been me, Lewandowski would have gotten a retaliatory throat punch. Fuck the apology.
But a HOAX? Oh hell no!