It’s baffling why left-wing Trump haters are pointing to the above video as absolute “proof” that the Trump campaign is completely out of control. It may be in general, but the video in question actually shows the exact opposite. Everything Trump is saying about the incident is true.
The female reporter in question is clearly going up to Trump to question him about something or another, or worse. The campaign manager — who is talking to someone else at the time — immediately notices this and swings around to try to pull her away from the candidate. He’s also pulling and pushing other people away from Trump.
She doesn’t fumble and she doesn’t almost “fall to the ground.” Instead, she proceeds to immediately get back in the line of people who are chasing Trump down the rampway even more.
Tonight Chris Hayes on MSNBC completely lied about how this campaign manager was “arrested” for the incident. He started his show off with this claim. But Trump’s guy wasn’t, and Hayes’ own network even had a legal expert on just hours earlier who went out of her way to explain why this wouldn’t be the case (he got a misdemeanor notice to appear instead).
After he lied, Hayes then turned around and had the audacity to hassle a Trump spokesman about why they were all lying about the incident.
The moral here? Don’t trust TV liberals.
In fact, don’t trust anyone on TV, period. They’re not working for the rest of us.
All day this video was being described on the box without anyone even beginning to ask the basic question of just why the campaign guy had touched her in the first place. We noticed this omission from the very beginning. Why’d he touch her? They made it sound like he’d singled her out for abuse.
A quick look at the video easily explains the reason for their overall lack of curiosity: it’s because the answer to this basic question would have blown the phony storyline that they all wanted to sell.
There’s plenty of reasons to be against Trump, but this isn’t one of them.
It’s really astounding to see both the corporate media and the supposedly “liberal” commentators continuing to lie about this issue. Such as this from Digby today in the lede to her Salon piece:
Yesterday we were treated to the spectacle of Donald Trump’s campaign manager being arrested for misdemeanor battery of Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields.
No, we weren’t. The guy was never arrested. It didn’t happen. All he got was a misdemeanor summons where he ‘s ordered to report to the court in about a month or so. Simple battery is not an arrestable offense in Florida.
Yet, the lies and exaggerations continue. Just why is that? Yesterday afternoon MSNBC had a Florida attorney on who carefully spelled out exactly what the issue was and how it would proceed. She stressed that there was no arrest involved. She also didn’t think it would result in a conviction. But just two hours later, each one of the nighttime MSNBC commentators began to trumpet their broadcasts with the claim that the guy had been “arrested” for battery against this female reporter.
And when you look at the video carefully — which no one on TV has done — you can see that this campaign manager is simply trying to shoo everyone away from Trump as he’s leaving the floor. It wasn’t just her. She was also clearly lying about the extent of what he had done.
You’re also not hearing about this little problem for the accusers: unwanted touching is not battery if there’s a good reason for it. They’re also lying about the reporter being “fired” from Breitbart. She and a fellow editor quit in protest because they didn’t think the employer was supporting her enough.
Trump is hardly someone who’s easy to defend. But when the press paints themselves into such a ridiculous corner — and then tries to arrogantly and self-righteously lie their way out of it — who can you trust?