The controversy over Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski’s alleged mistreatment of a female reporter continues with a letter calling for his firing signed by more than a dozen high-profile conservative female journalists.
But Fox News’ Megyn Kelly also weighed in, slamming Lewandowski and the Trump campaign for trying to intimidate the aggrieved reporter.
The letter — signed by female journalists such as Fox News commentator Katie Pavlich, The Blaze host Dana Loesch, Meghan McCain, CNN’s S.E. Cupp, the American Enterprise Institute’s Christina Hoff Sommers, wrier Mona Charen, and 10 others — calls for GOP front-runner Donald Trump to fire Lewandowski.
The letter states, “The press is to have an adversarial, yet civil approach to those in, or running, for elected office. Never in this line of work is it acceptable to respond to reasonable and legitimate questioning with use of physical force.”
The statement continues saying, “The photographs, audio, videos, and witness accounts documenting the treatment of Michelle Fields by Corey Lewandowski, Donald Trump’s campaign manager, are inexcusable and unprofessional. Donald Trump should immediately remove Lewandowski from his campaign.”
The 16 female journalists end their call to arms saying, “Unlike the Trump campaign, we believe in making a statement on the record to clearly highlight the difference between right and wrong.”
In a discussion with some of the women who signed the statement, Fox News host Megyn Kelly slammed the Trump campaign over mishandling the incident between Lewandowski and now former Breitbart News reporter Michelle Fields. Kelly called Trump’s treatment an attempt to intimidate the reporter.
“It is unusual to have the campaign manager for a presidential front-runner cause bruises to you, which is what she says happened. And the thing is… even if you say ‘OK he didn’t grab her that hard,’ or ‘I don’t believe that he caused the bruises,’ what happened in this case is that the Trump campaign and the campaign manager denied it and said that she was delusional, that she was a lair, that she was attention seeking, that she made the whole thing up, pointed to prior reporting of hers and called it into question, now we see the video that shows he did grab her. Indeed his lawyer just admitted on camera he grabbed her, he touched her. So, that’s where the intimidation comes in. First they tried to say she was a liar, then when it was on camera, now they try to say it wasn’t that bad.
Here is the exchange on Kelly’s Wednesday evening show:
Greta stunned, slams female journalists’ behavior as ‘mob rule,’ convicting Lewandowski unfair, unwise
On the other hand, Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren felt that the group of female journalists who signed the letter made a major mistake that might tend to hamper their efforts to continue covering the primary.
On her own website, Van Susteren even accused the women of engaging in “mob rule.”
It is stunning — Lewandowski has not had a trial and these women have convicted him. We have a judicial system in this country, not mob rule.
As an aside, I have tried many, many, many criminal cases and I will tell you this: there is reasonable doubt in this one. This is a very easy defense case. Don’t believe me? Ask any lawyer.
And now look what these women have done to their own work covering the campaigns! These women reporters may want to pull themselves off the Presidential campaign coverage since they have obviously shown their bias. They need to ask themselves – can they be fair in all their Presidential campaign coverage based on this?
There is a big difference between waiting for a jury to decide facts and a verdict whether a crime has been committed and just taking sides and calling for someone’s head.
Van Susteren also addressed the issue on a recent airing of her Fox News show, saying in her “Off the Record” segment the 16 women who signed the letter “shot themselves in the foot” and can no longer say they can be fair in their coverage.
For his part, Lewandowski, has fully denied Michelle Fields’ claims and Trump himself recently said she “made up” the whole story to get publicity.
On Wednesday’s Today show, Trump insisted, “She made up the story. She said she was yanked down… She grabbed me by the arm. I didn’t know who it was.”
“She went through Secret Service,” Trump added, “because they were surrounding me and we were walking out. She was asking questions she wasn’t supposed to because the press conference had ended.”
Trump even said he believes if Lewandowski had personally called Fields to apologize for being too rough with her, she would have “used that against him.”
“Right now, she’s got no evidence,” Trump concluded.
The full list of female reporters and commentators who signed the statement is as follows:
- Dana Loesch (Radio America, Blaze TV)
- Katie Pavlich, (Townhall, Fox News)
- Meghan McCain, (America Now Radio, Cosmopolitan, Fox News)
- S.E. Cupp, ( New York Daily News, Glamour, CNN)
- Mary Katharine Ham, (CNN, The Federalist)
- Christine Rosen, (New Atlantis, Commentary)
- Christina Hoff Sommers, (American Enterprise Institute).
- Bethany Mandel, (The Federalist, Acculturated)
- Emily Zanotti, (American Spectator)
- Elisha Krauss, (AM 870 The Answer); Karol Markowicz, (New York Post)
- Kristen Soltis Anderson, (Washington Examiner)
- Mona Charen, (Ethics and Public Policy Center, Creators Syndicate)
- Sarah Rumpf, (freelance)
- Brooke Rogers, (National Review)
- Mary Chastain, (Breitbart)