Sixteen conservative female members of the media have issued an open letter demanding that GOP frontrunner Donald Trump fire campaign manager Corey Lewandowski after he was charged with simple battery against former Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields.
Here’s the release:
Female Media Members Ask Trump Campaign to Fire Corey Lewandowski
Sixteen signatories respond to the “inexcusable, unprofessional” behavior of campaign manager
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 photographs, audio, videos, and witness accounts documenting the treatment of Michelle Fields by Corey Lewandoswki, Donald Trump’s campaign manager, are inexcusable and unprofessional. Donald Trump should immediately remove Lewandowski from his campaign. The Trump campaign has stated that Lewandowski will not be fired even if convicted, however unlike the Trump campaign, we believe in making a statement on the record to clearly highlight the difference between right and wrong.
Dana Loesch, Radio America, Blaze TV, @dloesch
Katie Pavlich, Townhall, Fox News, @KatiePavlich
Meghan McCain, America Now Radio, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Fox News, @MeghanMcCain
S.E. Cupp, NY Daily News, Glamour Magazine, CNN, @secupp
Mary Katherine Ham, CNN, The Federalist, @mkhammer
Christine Rosen, The New Atlantis, Commentary Magazine
Christina Hoff Sommers, The American Enterprise Institute, @CHSommers
Bethany Mandel, The Federalist, Acculturated, @bethanyshondark
Emily Zanotti, American Spectator, @emzanotti
Elisha Krauss, Radio Co-Host, AM 870 The Answer, @ElishaKrauss
Karol Markowicz, NY Post Opinion, @karol
Kirsten Soltis Anderson, Kolumns with, DC Examiner, @KSoltisAnderson
Mona Charen, Senior Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center (not Institute), Creators Syndicate, @monacharenEPPC
Sarah Rumpf, Freelance journalist, @rumpfshaker
Brooke Rogers, National Review, @BrookAnglnRogrs
Mary Chastain, Breitbart News, @mchastain81
Trump has vigorously defended Lewandowski and called into question the video evidence of the altercation, only adding to the perception that he treats women poorly.
While I am no Trump fan, it isn’t clear to me from the videos that I’ve seen that the incident occurred exactly as Fields has described it. Reporters know that when covering a candidate, there is a good chance that there will be a lot of jostling around, especially when the candidate is on the move. That was the case with Trump in this incident, and the campaign staff has a duty to protect their employer.
Even though I personally know many of the above named signers and respect their right to voice their opinions about the Lewandowski situation, I think that by sending this letter out they have only contributed to the media sideshow that has engulfed the presidential campaign.
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