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UPDATE – Never mind that there have been worse bruises from air kisses, does former Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields need one more Trump hater to help her exaggerate her alleged assault by Corey Lewandowski last week?
I’m not suggesting that Lewandowski is innocent of any wrongdoing, but at worst he is guilty of unnecessary roughness on an overly pushy reporter.
Yet Katie Pavlich, Dana Loesch, Meghan McCain and several other pundits who owe much of their celebrity to Fox News, have joined the network’s own unabashed self-hustler Megyn Kelly to make sure this non-story ends in the destruction of Lewandowski’s career.
And you know anti-Trumpers are desperate when they can’t find anyone better to carry their water than an attention seeker only five years out of Pepperdine with a history of accusing men of mistreatment.
In 2014, Fields accused Robert Kennedy Jr. of getting “handsy” (whatever than means) with her at a climate change rally.
But that was only after accusing a litany of men of attempting to destroy her otherwise unspectacular career.
It does make it easier to ignore when the men Fields accuses are or are perceived to be liberals, but the reporter has never let political affiliations stand in the way of placing herself at the center of attention.
In 2013, while working at PJ Media, Fields charged Lt. Col. Allen West of sexually assaulting her, but then when questioned went silent.
In fairness to Fields, as far as we can tell the West sexual assault story has only been reported by a blogger who may not be credible, and whom Fields later went on to – wait for it – accuse of hacking her email.
Look, I have had serious problems with some of Donald Trump’s actions during this campaign; many of his personal insults on other candidates and his detractors have simply been uncalled for. And as has been oft pointed out, this was an unforced error on Lewandowski’s part.
But the anti-Trump right and their strange-bedfellow establishment cohorts should not be so quick to make Michelle Fields their poster girl. Even the notoriously closed-mouth Secret Service is reportedly weighing in to call her charges into question.
In fact, Corey Lewandowski should probably thank God that he wasn’t walking Donald Trump trough the tunnel at Sun Life Stadium when this alleged assault occurred.
UPDATE – Fields accused Marc Dice of harassment when she reported for TheDC!
UPDATE – After taking some heat for this post, I have decided some clarification is in order.
This is not a story about Corey Lewandowski’s behavior on the day in question. Whether or not he manhandled Fields or he could have handled the incident better afterwards is irrelevant, although it is clear that he could have been smarter. The court will decide that.
*The fact is Fields was out of bounds and should not have been where she was in proximity to a Secret Service protected presidential candidate.
The larger point, I believe, is Fields’ history of placing herself at the center of virtually every story she has covered during her short career. In addition, since this incident took place Fields has said she had been a Trump supporter. (Yes, she has already done an interview with Cosmopolitan.)
I am dubious, to say the least, that this woman, main squeeze of a senior editor on what can be pretty much called the anti-Trump site of record, ever supported Donald Trump.
This story appears to me to be more about naked ambition than it does naked aggression.
Now discuss this among yourselves.
I have some Ted Cruz supporters to piss off.
*I dare say that if this had been someone less recognizable, say, Regular Right Guy instead of a Breitbart reporter, Trump’s Secret Service contingent would have pressed my nose two inches into the concrete before I could scream “It’s only an iPhone!”.
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