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Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski forcibly yanked Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields out of the way after his press conference in Florida on Tuesday night.
Fields was attempting to ask Trump a question as he exited the press conference. Secret Service was starting to clear a path, when Fields was forcibly grabbed on her arm by Lewandowski, moving her out of the way and nearly bringing her down to the ground, a source who witnessed the situation told POLITICO.
Fields was clearly roughed up by the move, the witness said.
Daily Caller senior editor Jaime Weinstein, Fields' boyfriend, also tweeted about the situation:
Jamie Weinstein ✔ @Jamie_Weinstein
Trump always surrounds himself w thugs. Tonight thug Corey Lewandowski tried to pull my gf @MichelleFields to ground when she asked tough q
8:28 PM - 8 Mar 2016
The Trump campaign and its security has had several physical run-ins with the press and protesters over the past few months and Trump rallies. Most recently, Time photographer Chris Morris was placed in a choke-hold and slammed onto a table during a rally in Virginia after he attempted to step outside of the press pen to photograph some protesters. The Department of Homeland Security inspector general is currently investigating the incident.
Breitbart News CEO and president Larry Solov said in a statement if it was Lewandowski, he owes her an apology.
"It’s obviously unacceptable that someone crossed a line and made physical contact with our reporter. What Michelle has told us directly is that someone “grabbed her arm” and while she did not see who it was, Ben Terris of the Washington Post told her that it was Corey Lewandowski. If that’s the case, Corey owes Michelle an immediate apology," Solov said.
As of Wednesday afternoon the Trump campaign had not responded to requests for comment. A Breitbart spokesperson said they also had not heard yet from the campaign as of Wednesday afternoon. Fields did not respond to a request for comment.
Hadas Gold is a reporter at Politico.