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Trump faces Republican backlash for Lewandowski battery charge

Trump faces Republican backlash for Lewandowski battery charge
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By Euronews with The Washington Post, ABC, CNN
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Donald Trump faces backlash from Democrats and within his own party over a battery charge against his manager, Corey Lewandowski.

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Donald Trump’s race for the Republican presidential nomination has, once more, become an international talking point.

Not only has he backtracked on his pledge to support the party’s eventual nominee, but his campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, has been charged with battery for allegedly pulling a reporter away from him.

“And you just look at that tape throughout the whole process and you see how unfair it is,” he said. “He’s a good person with a wonderful family, and for him to be charged over something like that… And remember she grabbed me, before he even broke anything. And it almost looks like he’s just trying to create a little room because to be honest with you the news conference had finished. It was over.”

Lewandowski is accused of bruising the-then-Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields at an event in Florida.

This was the reporters statement- when she found out there was tape from my facility, she changed her tune. pic.twitter.com/N5815RS1At

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 29, 2016

Democratic hopeful Hillary Clinton took time out from pulling pints in Wisconsin to give her verdict.

“I’m not going to comment on a pending legal or criminal case, but I think that, you know, ultimately the responsibility is Mr Trump’s,” she told reporters.

Lewandowski is also facing backlash within the Republican Party.

“I don’t know this guy. I don’t know exactly what happened. My understanding is that the report is that he grabbed somebody, and that’s frankly totally and completely inappropriate. It could, could have been one of my daughters for that matter.”

Despite initially denying pulling Michelle Fields, Lewandowski voluntarily went to the police. He will be pleading not guilty when court proceedings begin on May 4, campaign spokeswoman, Hope Hicks, said.

Wow, Corey Lewandowski, my campaign manager and a very decent man, was just charged with assaulting a reporter. Look at tapes-nothing there!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 29, 2016

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