Donald Trump talks to reporters after a news conference in Jupiter, Fla., on Tuesday. (Photo: Lynne Sladky/AP)
In yet another clash between Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and the press that covers it, a female reporter was nearly thrown to the ground by the Republican frontrunner’s campaign manager on Tuesday night, Politico reports.
Michelle Fields, a reporter for Breitbart News, was attempting to ask Trump a question after his press conference in Jupiter, Fla., when his campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, “forcibly grabbed her by the arm … moving her out of the way and nearly bringing her down to the ground” as Secret Service members were clearing a path.
Fields did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Her boyfriend, Daily Caller senior editor Jamie Weinstein, tweeted about the incident late Tuesday.
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
Say what you will abt Bush or even Obama. They would never tolerate this type of thuggery toward women https://t.co/EfbQH6tFM7— Jamie Weinstein (@Jamie_Weinstein)March 9, 2016
“It’s obviously unacceptable that someone crossed a line and made physical contact with our reporter,” Breitbart News CEO and president Larry Solov said in a statement.
While Fields did not see who grabbed her, Solov said, a reporter for the Washington Post told her it was Lewandowski.
“If that’s the case, Corey owes Michelle an immediate apology,” Solov said.
The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
But it’s not the first time a journalist has been shaken up at a Trump campaign event.
Last month, a Time magazine photographer was grabbed by the neck and slammed to the ground by a member of the Secret Service at a Trump rally at Radford University in Virginia.
Chris Morris, who has been on contract with Time since 1990, was attempting to leave the press area to cover Black Lives Matter protesters at the rally when he was stopped by the Secret Service agent.
“I stepped 18 inches out of the pen and he grabbed me by the neck and started choking me,” Morris told CNN. “Then he slammed me to the ground.”
That incident was caught on video by several reporters at the scene.