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Ben Shapiro and Michelle Fields



Michelle Fields, the Breitbart reporter who made national headlines over accusations Donald Trump’s manager Corey Lewandowski manhandled her at a recent political rally, resigned her media position.


Breitbart editor-at-large Ben Shapiro, an outspoken critic of Trump, did the same, out of self-declared disgust at the news organization’s perceived unfair treatment of Fields. Shapiro had been one of Fields’s most vocal supporters in recent days.


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Fields said, in a statement first reported by Politico: “Today I informed the management at Breitbart News of my immediate resignation. I do not believe Breitbart News has adequately stood by me during the events of the past week and because of that I believe it is now best for us to part ways.”


And Shapiro’s statement, in the same story, accused Breitbart management of acting in a “disgusting” manner that betrayed the principles of outlet founder Andrew Breitbart.


“Andrew built his life and his career on one mission: fight the bullies,” Shapiro said, Politico reported. “But Andrew’s life mission has been betrayed. Indeed, Breitbart News, under the chairmanship of Steve Bannon, has put a stake through the heart of Andrew’s legacy. In my opinion, Steve Bannon is a bully and has sold out Andrew’s mission in order to back another bully, Donald Trump. He has shaped the company into Trump’s personal Pravda, to the extent that he abandoned and undercut his own reporter, Breitbart News’ Michelle Fields, in order to protect Trump’s bully campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, who allegedly assaulted Michelle.”


As previously reported by numerous media outlets, Fields said she was waiting to ask Trump a question Tuesday as he walked from a campaign stage, when she was grabbed from behind and nearly thrown to the ground. A nearby journalist from the Washington Post, Ben Terris, identified the grabber as Lewandowski, after which Fields’s boyfriend at the Daily Caller weighed in with angry tweeted messages against the Trump campaign. Breitbart subsequently sent out a message in support of Fields, Fields tweeted photographs of her bruises, and a political firestorm erupted, as WND reported.


Fields filed a police report alleging criminal misconduct on the part of Lewandowski.


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The resignations came a day after a new video emerged that was then posted to YouTube of the incident.


As BizPacReview.com reported, "Fields has been in the national spotlight and appeared all over political television programs to talk about her 'assault.' She even filed a police report about the encounter."


Specifically, she wrote in her first-person account of the incident, the Washington Post reported: "Someone had grabbed me tightly by the arm and yanked me down. I almost fell to the ground but was able to maintain my balance. Nonetheless, I was shaken."


Ben Terris with the Washington Post soon after told Fields the guilty party was Lewandowski. Various media feeds couldn't clarify or confirm.


But the newly emerged video, which gives a full view of Fields during the point of her alleged "assault," shows a much tamer scene. The clip shows Fields following Trump as he walks from his podium at a recent campaign rally, when a man resembling Lewandowski – who's only seen from the back – reached out an arm and appears to slightly push her back.


As pundit and author Ann Coulter tweeted, alongside a link to the new video and critical commentary about Fields's personal account of the events: "It's beginning to look like Michelle Fields assaulted Trump."




Breitbart's website didn't immediately have a statement posted.


Social media, however, was quick to jump on the latest news.


One using the name Voting Female wrote, BizPacReview found: "Much worse than Brian Williams. This was a left-wing style hoax, By Michelle Fields & Cohorts."


And another, Milt Harris, tweeted: "Michelle Fields Is An Outright LIAR. Video PROVES !!!!!! How Michelle Fields Hoaxed Herself into Mainstream Stardom."


And one more, Kelly, tweeted: "'He threw me to the ground.' Here you go ... @MichelleFields is a FRAUD. The scam is over."


The blog Danger & Play wrote a few days ago Fields has a book coming out in June.


"She'll sell a lot of books with this accusation," wrote blogger Mike Cernovich, on the site.


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