The complaints and possible court cases have gone from civil to criminal for the Trump campaign as Michelle Fields of Breitbart News filed a police report against Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.
The Jupiter, Florida Police Department confirmed the investigation of Trump’s campaign manager for misdemeanor battery, “The Jupiter Police Department is currently investigating an alleged battery that occurred at 115 Eagle Tree Terrace (Trump National) on March 8, 2016. A police report was filed with the Jupiter Police Department on March 11, 2016 at approximately 10:00 AM and the investigation is ongoing. As with any investigation, specific details concerning criminal investigative information is not releasable while the investigation is considered active. Any additional details regarding this incident will be released once the investigation has concluded. The initial report, outlining the date, time, location, and nature of the incident will be released today. No additional information regarding this investigation is available at this time.”
There were several witnesses to the alleged battery of a member of the media by the Trump campaign. Fields claimed that she was trying to ask Trump a question at the end of the Florida event when she was grabbed by the arm by Trump’s campaign manager and nearly taken down to the ground. If true, this behavior would be consistent with the manner in which members of the media have been treated at Donald Trump’s campaign events. Less than two weeks ago, a Time photographer was attacked and choke slammed by a Secret Service agent after he stepped 18 inches outside of a media pen to take photos of protesters at a Trump event.
A protester was punched in the face by a Trump supporter at a rally in North Carolina was charged with assault and disorderly conduct, and there has been a general escalation of violence against both protesters and the media at Donald Trump’s campaign events. At the Republican debate on Thursday night, Trump said that his supporters were angry, and Ted Cruz tried to blame the violence on President Obama.
Whether one considers themselves to be on the left, center, or right in the political spectrum, all should agree that violence against members of the media is completely unacceptable. Donald Trump is already facing several civil lawsuits for fraud and violations of US immigration laws, and now his campaign can add possible criminal charges to the list.
A minority of Republican voters are set to nominate a man who will bring a ton of baggage and lawsuits to the general election. While the media obsesses over drummed up scandals over Hillary Clinton’s emails, Donald Trump’s campaign manager could be facing criminal charges for battery. If Trump and his staff can’t avoid legal trouble on the campaign trail, imagine the sort of scandals that would emerge if Trump was in the White House.