Trump on Lewandowski Going Into Crowd: "I Give Him Credit For Having Spirit"


Donald Trump defends his campaign manager Corey Lewandowski's "spirit" following accusations that he 'roughed up' a protester with an offensive sign at a Trump rally in Phoenix yesterday. Lewandowski was also at the center of a fracas with Breitbart in which multiple editors and reporters were fired.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Well, you also -- we also have seen that video there of your campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, who does appear in that video to grab the collar of the protester. Also your j your private security.

Why -- why was your campaign manager out in the crowd engaging protesters?

This is the second incident...

TRUMP: Well, you know what...

STEPHANOPOULOS: -- in about a month.

TRUMP: -- because security at the arena, the police were a little bit lax. And he had signs -- they had signs up in that area that were horrendous, that I cannot say what they said on the sign. But the ultimate word -- and it was all over the camera -- and, frankly, the television cameras can't take it and they can't do anything about it. And I will give him credit, spirited.

Now, he didn't touch -- he wasn't...

STEPHANOPOULOS: Well, the video does show...

TRUMP: -- (INAUDIBLE) that was somebody else...

STEPHANOPOULOS: -- that he touched and your private sector (INAUDIBLE)...

TRUMP: Well, that was somebody else pulling them.


TRUMP: I mean I get -- I give him credit for having spirit. He wanted them to take down those horrible profanity-laced signs.

Look, these are disrupters here. So you go into a room with 20,000 people or they go into a room with 6,000 or 7,000 people and they stand up and they start shouting things. And they -- I mean, you know, at some point, somebody should say -- I will say this, Sheriff Joe Arpaio, in Phoenix, arrested three people. As soon as he arrested those three people, everybody else immediately left.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Well, but it is -- and you're -- it is the job of the police to arrest protesters who are being disruptive, if they are, indeed, that.

TRUMP: Well, that happened.


TRUMP: That happened...

STEPHANOPOULOS: But you appear to be more...

TRUMP: That happened in the Phoenix area. It didn't happen in Tucson.

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