Donald Trump’s campaign is taking on one of its enthusiastically supportive outlets in conservative media.
The Republican presidential front-runner’s campaign denied allegations that Corey Lewandowski, the campaign manager, assaulted Michelle Fields, a reporter for Breitbart News, after a Tuesday news conference in Florida. Trump campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks then insinuated Fields fabricated the incident for attention, and that she had a pattern of making up allegations.
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The altercation reportedly occurred during a press scrum after Trump’s evening news conference on Tuesday as Fields tried to ask the candidate a question about affirmative action. The Republican front-runner had just won the Michigan and Mississippi primaries.
“Trump acknowledged the question, but before he could answer I was jolted backwards,” Fields wrote Thursday. “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.”
Another reporter present identified the man responsible as Lewandowski.