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Trump plays fact-checker at GOP Town Hall
Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and John Kasich made their final push in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Tuesday before the state’s primary on April 5th. The town hall, moderated by CNN’s Anderson Cooper, grilled each candidate on their policies and allowed questions from the audience. While the Republican candidates gave their plans on how to address today’s issues, it didn’t stop them from going after the Obama administration’s failures. Texas senator Ted Cruz slammed President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for their foreign policy with respect to the Middle East, specifically their policy in Egypt, accusing the administration of being glad a "terrorist organization" took over that country.
The town hall went into a different direction when Donald Trump was asked about Michelle Fields’ incident with campaign manager Corey Lewandowski earlier this month. The former Breitbart reporter accused Lewandowski of grabbing her during a campaign event on March 8th in Jupiter, Florida. Fields filed a police report three days later claiming that Lewandowski grabbed her with enough force to leave a bruise on her arm. Although the Trump campaign denied the allegations, Lewandowski was charged with simple battery earlier today.
Donald Trump defended his campaign manager and disputed the charge, claiming that Fields attempted to grab him. “Am I supposed to press charges against her? ‘Oh, my arm is hurting,’” Trump said facetiously. “My arm is just killing me. It's never been the same.” The real estate mogul even brought the former Breitbart reporter’s affidavit from the incident and handed it to Anderson Cooper to read to the audience.
‘I was jolted backwards. Someone had grabbed me tightly by the arm and yanked me down. I almost fell to the ground, but was able to maintain my balance. Nonetheless, I was shaken…Campaign managers aren’t supposed to try to forcefully throw reporters to the ground.’
A review of the video does show Fields approaching Trump. She says she was trying to ask him a question even though Trump wasn’t taking any more since he was leaving his press conference. Lewandowski then comes up from behind her and appears to grab her left arm to pull her away from the candidate. The camera angle and quality of the video makes it difficult to confirm if Fields may have touched Trump to get his attention. Take a look at the footage for yourself and tell us what you think.