Fox News host Andrea Tantaros suggested on Tuesday that conservative reporter Michelle Fields had exaggerated a confrontation with Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, to get him charged for assault.
Following the news that police in Jupiter, Florida had charged Lewandowski with assaulting Fields at an event earlier this year, the hosts of Fox News’ Outnumbered speculated that Trump’s campaign would move to push the trial until after the election.
Tantaros, who has been vocal about her support for Trump, argued that his supporters believe Fields “was out of line, she was trying to grab Mr. Trump, she was shouting a question. He was well within his rights.”
“As far as his supporters, I don’t think this is going to hurt Donald Trump,” she predicted. “If you like him, you make your decisions early on and nothing will deter your support.”
Left-leaning host Julie Roginsky asserted that the allegations were not a conspiracy against Trump because Fields worked for the conservative website Breitbart and “is no liberal feminist.”
“We all in the court of public opinion have watched this thing play out,” Tantaros remarked. “And there’s bunch of people who were there who said this was a big nothing burger. Nothing occurred. She blew this out of proportion.”
But guest host Judge Alex Ferrer reminded Tantaros that Fields reportedly had bruises following the incident.
“If he grabbed her rough enough to leave bruises, that is a significant issue,” Ferrer noted.
Co-host Katherine Timpf argued that it was “a positive thing” for Trump that Lewandowski had been charged because he could focus on talking about “building the wall or whatever else he wants to talk about instead.”
“Trump has had the back of his campaign manager, rightfully, for a long time,” Tantaros opined. “He was right there, he says, ‘Nothing happened, I absolutely support him, he didn’t do anything wrong.’ And so now he can just move forward.”
Watch the video below from Fox News, broadcast March 29, 2016.