UPDATE: Politico has obtained a transcript of the the incident based on audio recordings:
Fields: “Mr. Trump, you went after the late Scalia for affirmative action, do you -- are you still against affirmative action?"
Voice (allegedly Corey Lewandowski): “Excuse me, thank you.”
A few moments later (noise of the room can be heard)...
Terris: “You OK?"
Fields: “Holy sh*t."
Terris: “Yea he just threw you down."
Fields: “I can’t believe he just did that that was so hard. Was that Corey?"
Terris: “Yeah, like, what threat were you?"
Fields: "That was insane. You should have felt how hard he grabbed me. That's insane. I’ve never had anyone do that to me from a campaign."
Terris: “Can I put that in my story?"
Fields: “Yeah, go for it — that was really awful. That’s so unprofessional.”
Terris: “He really just almost threw you down on the ground."
Fields: “He literally went like this and was grabbing me down. I don’t even what to do [about] what he just did to me. Oh my God, that really spooked me that someone would do that."
Terris: “What threat were you?"
Fields: “Nothing. I was asking about affirmative action."
Terris: “And he probably knows you, right?"
Fields: “Yeah, I don’t understand. That looks horrible. You’re going after a Breitbart reporter, the people who are nicest to you?"
Terris: “I know, I’m going to put it in my story."
Earlier this morning, Katie wrote about the alleged assault that occurred at Donald Trump’s press conference in Jupiter, Florida after he won the Michigan and Mississippi primaries. Yet, a rather disturbing incident occurred between Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields and Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski after the conference wrapped. Sources report that Fields was trying to ask the billionaire magnate a question about affirmative action, when Lewandowski grabbed Fields and almost threw her to the ground. Her boyfriend and senior editor at the Daily Caller, Jamie Weinstein, was the first to tweet about the incident, noting the incident, along with calling Lewandowski a “thug.”
Trump always surrounds himself w thugs. Tonight thug Corey Lewandowski tried to pull my gf @MichelleFields to ground when she asked tough q— Jamie Weinstein (@Jamie_Weinstein) March 9, 2016
The Trump campaign released a statement totally denying such an encounter between Fields and Lewandowski ever occurred.
NEW: Trump campaign spokesperson Hope Hicks responds to allegations campaign manager assaulted Breitbart reporter: pic.twitter.com/LHRMKXzy3K— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) March 10, 2016
Spokesperson Hope Hicks said the incident was “entirely false,” saying she was with Trump at the time of the alleged assault and “did not witness the encounter.” The statement continues by saying “Mr. Trump and our staff would never do anything to harm another individual, while at the same time understanding that Mr. Trump and his personal space should never be invaded.”
Hicks then goes after Fields, questioning whether she was “beaten by a New York City Police officer with a baton” while covering the Occupy Wall Street protests five years ago–as if to say she has a penchant for exaggerating facts. As Buzzfeed’s CJ Ciaramella noted, there is video of Fields getting “manhandled” by the NYPD during those protests. Moreover, I doubt Fields got this bruise on her arm all by herself.
Note the gaslighting in the last sentence, especially. There’s video of @MichelleFields getting manhandled by an NYPD cop during Occupy.— CJ Ciaramella (@cjciaramella) March 10, 2016
Also, The Daily Beast reported that sources with knowledge of conversations between Breitbart’s Washington political editor, Matt Boyle, and Lewandowski suggest that the latter didn’t know Fields was with the publication, but “an adversarial member of the mainstream media” because that makes it totally okay to grab someone and nearly take them to the ground, or something.
Oh, and about the no witnesses part:
As security parted the masses to give him passage out of the chandelier-lit ballroom, Michelle Fields, a young reporter for Trump-friendly Breitbart News, pressed forward to ask the GOP front-runner a question. I watched as a man with short-cropped hair and a suit grabbed her arm and yanked her out of the way. He was Corey Lewandowski, Trump’s 41-year-old campaign manager.
Fields stumbled. Finger-shaped bruises formed on her arm.
“I’m just a little spooked,” she said, a tear streaming down her face. “No one has grabbed me like that before.”
She took my arm and squeezed it hard. “I don’t even want to do it as hard as he did,” she said, “because it would hurt.”
And that looks like a police baton, no?
Michelle getting pushed down by police during the Occupy Wall Street protests. Trump campaign serial liars pic.twitter.com/oNptBzNkC9— Jamie Weinstein (@Jamie_Weinstein) March 10, 2016
UPDATE II: Breitbart News CEO and President Larry Solov disappointed in Trump campaign's response:
Breitbart CEO and Pres Larry Solov statement: “We are disappointed in the campaign’s response” pic.twitter.com/I8S57WcoeX— Hadas Gold (@Hadas_Gold) March 10, 2016