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Trump faces Republican backlash for Lewandowski battery charge

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By Euronews  with The Washington Post, ABC, CNN
Trump faces Republican backlash for Lewandowski battery charge

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.

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.