WASHINGTON, April 15, 2016 — The decision of a Palm Beach County State Attorney not to bring charges against a Donald Trump aide after claims of assault by a reporter reinforces the claims of a media hit job against Trump.
Former Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields approached Trump during a campaign rally. She says she attempted to ask him a question but was assaulted by Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, who allegedly grabbed her arm and left bruise marks.
A Florida judge disagreed. Earlier this week, State Attorney David Aronberg also disagreed with Fields. Aronberg said he would not charge Lewandowski, noting that there was not enough evidence to get a conviction, and that the trial would only incite a media circus.
According to CNN’s Joey Jackson, in order to prove the charge of battery, there needs to be a convincing case made that there was at least some element of intent to cause harm, no matter how slight. Lewandowski’s defense team was prepared to argue that his official duties included keeping people in the scrum from getting too close to, or coming in contact with, the candidate. If that required pulling someone away, so be it.
While the defense is not iron clad, it likely would introduce doubt into the minds of the jury. Moreover, Trump’s popularity in Florida could make it difficult for prosecutors to sway the jury.
Michelle Fields falsely accused me of harassment after a 2012 interview with her. Watch what actually happened https://t.co/ggoZ7UC91N
— Mark Dice (@MarkDice) March 31, 2016
This is not the first time Fields has faced legal scrutiny. Two other men, media analyst Mark Dice and GotNews.com editor Charles Johnson, have alleged that Fields falsely accused them of crimes. Fields accused Johnson of hacking her computer without evidence and later withdrew her claim after Johnson threatened Fields bosses with a lawsuit.
Fields’ recent accusation against Lewandowski may be part of the larger media campaign against Trump. It stokes already negative attention against the candidate. Trump has drawn strong ridicule from female journalists. Field’s accusation of harassment against Lewandowski can be seen as an attempt to gain more publicity for herself as well as an attempt to put a stop to the Trump campaign.
Women across the country have been disgusted by comments Trump has made regarding women. Fields appears to be a part of the establishment and wants to keep the country on the predetermined path set by the GOP and refuses to allow Trump, who has a plan approved by many voters to improve the country, to become the President.
Neither the Trump campaign nor Corey Lewandowski have commented on the dropped charges.