Meanwhile, another video from the rally showed Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski appearing to grab a protester by his collar. The footage shows Lewandowski, in a blazer, grabbing the man at the same time as a member of Trump’s private security team. The protester is yanked backwards. Speaking to George Stephanopoulos on ABC, Trump refused to condemn the violence at his rallies, saying “professional agitators” bore much of the blame. He also praised Lewandowski’s “spirit.”
Donald Trump: “Well, you know what? Because the security at the arena, the police were a little bit lax, and he had signs—they had signs up in that area that were horrendous, that I cannot say what they said on the sign, but the ultimate word. And it was all over the camera. And frankly, the television cameras can’t take it, and they can’t do anything about it. And I will give him credit, spirit. Now, he didn’t touch. He wasn’t pulling that man. That was somebody else.”
George Stephanopoulos: “Well, the video does show that he touched him. Your private security pulled him, but it does show he grabbed the collar.”
Donald Trump: “Well, that was somebody else pulling him. I mean, I—I give him credit for having spirit. He wanted them to take down those horrible, profanity-laced signs.”
Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski has also been accused of grabbing the arm of a Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields, leaving her bruised.