Time for those who used this false accusation to attack Trump to make that Walk of Shame. They promoted her lie thinking no one would remember. I do. I offer a few people who deserve the Rolling Stone Crystal (Magnum) for never questioning a bizarre report.
First up, the Washington Post: "Mr. Trump’s defense of his campaign manager shows his lack of judgment."
The spirit of Janet Cooke lives on at the Washington Post even under new ownership.
Then Jennifer Rubin:
It is reflective of the dishonesty, arrogance and misogyny that infects Donald Trump’s campaign that his campaign manager Corey Lewandowski has now been charged with battery against reporter Michelle Fields. The Post reports: “The campaign manager for Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump was charged with battery by police in Florida on Tuesday for allegedly grabbing and yanking the arm of a Breitbart News reporter who was trying to ask Trump a question.”
Rather than apologize, recognizing the audio and video evidence against him, plus the eyewitness account of Post reporter Ben Terris, Lewandowski and his boss denied the incident occurred and smeared Fields. Now another video of the incident has surfaced, yet Trump and his right-hand man still deny the incident occurred. (“The affidavit cited a security-camera tape from Trump’s own club — which was also made public Tuesday. More clearly than past videos of the incident, it appeared to show Lewandowski reaching out to grab the reporter.”) Who are you going to believe — the mastermind behind Trump University and his campaign manager or your lying eyes?Girls never lie, do they?
Then David French at the National Review:
This is a matter that could have been cleared up with a simple apology. Indeed, that’s all Fields wanted. Instead, Trump and his campaign manager tried to destroy her reputation and now they cast her as a predator, with the Secret Service allegedly “confirming” that one of its agents warned her away. This is unhinged. The man lies like we have no memory, like the world has no record of his words, and like the truth is a mere vapor. He keeps melting down, but to his supporters every lie and every tantrum is evidence his strength and fortitude. God help us.Speaking of unhinged, Miss Fields has had several weird incidents happen to her in her brief life as a reporter. Why police in New York beat her and Herman Cain grabbed her chest.
If you believe her.
Then Mona Charen:
The campaign manager — not a volunteer, not even a hired security guard — but the honest-to-goodness campaign manager, nearly shoved reporter Michelle Fields to the ground and inflicted bruises on her arm. When she protested, there was no apology. Instead, the campaign at first suggested that there was a mistake: Lewandowski mistook Fields (who worked at the time for the pro-Trump Breitbart.com) for a member of the mainstream media. Oh, so that makes shoving OK? But the campaign quickly reverted to outright lies. Hope Hicks, a Trump campaign spokesman, said that Fields’ account was “entirely false. . . . I did not witness any encounter . . . not a single camera or reporter of more than 100 in attendance captured the alleged incident.” Trump himself offered that “maybe she made it up.”And so on.
Michelle Fields is a drama queen and the Never Trump people have absolutely no scruples. Their influence and power is on the wane and by golly, they intend to Scorch The Earth and ruin the man and his supporters rather than cede the battle and live to fight another day.
My beef is not with voters who would never vote for Trump; I respect their point of view. But the Never Trump crowd is a band of pundits who have orchestrated an all-out effort to do to the Republican front runner what the liberal media did to Sarah Palin eight years ago.
In the marketplace of ideas, they are losers. They cannot convince a majority of Republicans to back their man. Trump has 8,197,535 votes, Cruz has 6,263,349.
They say what about all those other votes, as if they own Kasich's votes, or Bush's or Rubio's. No. While it is true that they did not vote for Trump, they did not vote for Cruz either. If Cruz were such a terrific candidate, why is Kasich still in the race?
The Michelle Fields case symbolizes the whole Never Trump effort. Rather than make their case, they slam him as misogynist, racist, xenophobic, Islamophobic, et cetera. They are like the white Black Lives Matter -- a small sliver of propagandists who claim to represent a people who by and large want nothing to do with them.
Trump is winning in part because he plays fair and square. Never Trump does not.
If you truly do not like Trump, I respect you. But if you are going to resort to outright lies and underhandedness, I do not. It is that simple.\
UPDATE: Oh and the false accuser, Michelle Fields, grabbed a headline for saying she will sue. Yes, Never Trump, as Steve Perry sang -- Don't Stop Believing -- no matter how big the lie.