Donald Trump Plays the Sympathy Card for Campaign Manager After Criminal Charge and Rescinds Promises to Support GOP Nominee
Donald Trump's campaign manager Corey Lewandowski was charged with simple battery for a March 8 incident in Florida
Speaking out over a series of appearances on Tuesday and Wednesday, Trump backed Lewandowski, who was charged with simple battery this week for a March incident involving Breitbart.com reporter Michelle Fields, and reneged on his previous promise to endorse the GOP’s pick to run for president – whoever it is.
First stopping in Janesville, Wisconsin, on Tuesday afternoon, Trump addressed the Lewandowski charges while discussing discipline in America.
“You probably saw what happened with my campaign manager,” the business magnate said, according to Politico. “Fortunately, I have a taping system. I’m rich, so I have tapes. Did anybody see the tapes? What did you think?”
After a wave of support from the crowd, Trump continued, “If somebody squeezed your arm or hurt you, wouldn’t you start screaming or something? At first I said, ‘Oh, this is terrible.’ And then I saw the tape. She bolts into the picture, she hits me on the arm and then he goes by and maybe he touched her a little bit.It was almost like he was trying to keep her off me, like he was trying to help her.”
The Republican frontrunner maintained the same rhetoric will speaking by phone to Good Morning America on Wednesday, saying Fields’ – who filed the criminal complaint after Lewandowski allegedly tried to grab her arm at a Jupiter, Florida, rally – actions were a “disgrace.”
“In a world where they’re chopping off heads, where they’re drowning people in cages – everybody that’s seen this tape that I know, and you look at Twitter, people think it’s a total disgrace that she actually filed charges for this,” Trump told GMA.
Also on the docket was Trump’s support of the eventual GOP nominee, which he, alongside the other candidates, is no longer sure about.
During the Republican CNN Presidential Town Hall in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Tuesday night, Trump said he no longer promises to endorse whoever wins the party nomination, noting of Cruz, “Let me just tell you, he doesn’t have to support me. I have tremendous support right now from the people. I’m way over two million votes more than him. I have many, many, more delegates than him.”
While Cruz tiptoed around directly answering host Anderson Cooper’s question about his support pledge, John Kasich didn’t hold back, explaining, “When you’re in the arena, OK? You develop respect for people that are in the arena, but you know? I’ve been disturbed by some of the things that I’ve seen, and I have to think about what my word and endorsement would mean in a presidential campaign.”
He continued, “So, I want to see how this thing finishes out, and you know what? I want to tell you, I think the little engine that can keeps going. I sure hope they’ll endorse me for president when I’m the nominee coming out of the convention in Cleveland, how’s that? Is that a good answer?”
Trump further explained his stance on GMA, saying that he just wants “to see who the GOP nominee is.”
“I’ll make a decision if I don’t get it – which I think I will. As far as [Cruz’s] support of me, I don’t care if he supports me.”