As the controversy continues over the Breitbart reporter and Donald Trump’s campaign manager, the reporter and a Trump spokesperson weighed in on the incident on Fox News.
Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields told host Megyn Kelly on “The Kelly File” Friday that the experience she’s had has been awful following, the criminal charges she filed against Corey Lewandowski for bruising her arm earlier in the week. Though questions arose about the validity of the claim, including from Trump and Fields’ employer, photos, audio recordings and video of the incident continued to surface in the days following the incident.
At first she “didn’t want to make a big deal out of it” but Fields said the Trump campaign has “basically done a character assassination on me, linking to blogs with conspiracies about me.”
“Their statements continue to say there’s no eyewitnesses, there’s no pictures, there’s no videos. They continue to lie,” Fields said, adding that she feels Trump is “throwing her under the bus” by not believing her.
“This has to be, aside from my father’s death, the worst experience that I’ve gone through,” Fields said, holding back tears. “The hate that I’ve received, the email messages.”
“I think the facts show that this happened,” Fields said, in response to Breitbart initially publishing a story that cast doubt on the allegations. “It’s a shame that my bosses decided to come out against the facts.”
Breitbart spokesperson Kurt Bardella resigned from the site on Friday, citing their lack of support for the reporter.
Trump spokesperson Katrina Pierson joined Kelly following Fields’ appearance and admitted “there is a lot of confusion going on right now,” accusing the reporter of changing her own story several times.
The allegations against Lewandowski are “absolutely false,” Pierson claimed, adding that the video evidence is “inconclusive.”
Pierson did not directly answer Kelly’s question on whether Lewandowski should be fired if the allegations proved to be true. “Ultimately, that’s going to be Mr. Trump’s decision,” Pierson said. “But because I don’t believe that happened, I don’t think that’s necessary.”
With all the media attention surrounding the incident, Fox News host Greta Van Susteren commented Thursday that “It is a flap we should all get over.” Read about her blog post on “Gretawire,” here.
Watch Kelly’s interviews in the two videos below.