NEW YORK, March 14, 2016 – Two more Breitbart employees resigned due to frustrations with their company’s response to an alleged assault on Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields by a top Donald Trump aide.
Along with Fields, Breitbart News editor Ben Shapiro also resigned late Sunday night.
“Today I informed the management at Breitbart News of my immediate resignation,” Fields said. “I do not believe Breitbart News has adequately stood by me during the events of the past week and because of that I believe it is now best for us to part ways.”
Fields’ and Shapiro’s announcements come after Breitbart spokesman Kurt Bardella announced his resignation. The resignations were first reported by BuzzFeed.
Fields brought criminal charges against Trump aide Lewandowski, claiming that he grabbed her and bruised her arm while attempting to ask Trump a question after his press conference. Trump, Lewandowski and the campaign dispute that and say no such incident ever took place.
Following the Republican debate last Thursday, Donald Trump continued to deny that the incident happened. “This was, in my opinion, made up. Everybody said nothing happened. Perhaps she made the story up. I think that’s what happened.” Breitbart published a video of the moments before the incident and claimed the video did not prove that Lewandowski actually pulled Fields.
Shapiro argued that Breitbart chairman Steve Bannon had betrayed the mission of the site’s founder, the late Andrew Breitbart. “In my opinion, Steve Bannon is a bully, and has sold out Andrew’s mission in order to back another bully, Donald Trump; he has shaped the company into Trump’s personal Pravda, to the extent that he abandoned and undercut his own reporter, Breitbart News’ Michelle Fields, in order to protect Trump’s bully campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, who allegedly assaulted Michelle,” Shapiro wrote.
As Bardella was getting ready to resign, he indicated that his dissatisfaction goes beyond recent events.
Bardella tweeted that for months, “I sat on the sidelines and watched. I didn’t do anything. I didn’t stop anything. I took their money and stayed silent.”