Ann Coulter took to Twitter and television to hit reporter Michelle Fields hard following the battery charges against Donald Trump’s campaign manager on Tuesday, saying Fields “deserves to be minimized.”
Corey Lewandowski was charged with one count of battery for allegedly grabbing Fields earlier this month at a campaign event in Juniper, Florida. Police have said he “intentionally” touched Fields, which she said left a bruise on her arm.
Coulter, who has previously called for “more violence” at Trump’s rallies, clearly is siding with the Trump camp.
“Like Americans everywhere, I know I’ll always remember where I was when news arrived of the tragic assault on Michelle Fields,” Coulter tweeted.
Like Americans everywhere, I know I'll always remember where I was when news arrived of the tragic assault on Michelle Fields.
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) March 29, 2016
She continued with the mockery on Twitter.
“Anyone who sees the video can see what’s happening,” Coulter said. “A reporter, who by the way, didn’t ask a question when reporters were supposed to ask questions, rushes the front-runner presidential candidate in the middle of a Secret Service scrum.”
Coulter said that Trump is unjustly being criticized for not firing Lewandowski.
“In this case, he is the victim, not the victimizer,” she said of Trump.
Earlier in the day, Trump again defended Lewandowski, questioning Fields’s claim that the incident left her bruised.
“How do you know those bruises weren’t there before?” he asked reporters on his plane during an impromptu press conference, according to The Hill. “If you’re going to get squeezed, wouldn’t you let out a scream or something? How did they get there? Who put them there? I don’t know, I’m not a lawyer.”
Trump also mocked Fields, who he said touched his arm during the encounter.
“My arm has never been the same, folks,” he said.