Sen. Ted Cruz says Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski's alleged assault of a former Breitbart reporter at an event in early March is "consistent with the pattern of the Trump campaign."
"Members of the campaign staff should not be physically assaulting the press," he said. "I mean, that shouldn't be a complicated decision."
ANDERSON COOPER, CNN: Congratulations on a big endorsement from the governor of the state, Scott Walker. Obviously a great thing for your campaign. We're going to hear a lot of questions tonight from the voters on the issues.
I want to just start by talking to you about a couple of issues of the day. As you know, you talked a little bit today, Donald Trump's campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski (ph), charged today with Simple Battery. If he was your campaign manager, would you ask him to resign?
SEN. TED CRUZ: Of course. Look, it shouldn't be complicated that members of the campaign staff should not be physically assaulting the press. I mean, that shouldn't be a complicated decision.
COOPER: He says he's innocent of all the charges.
COOPER: ... Do you believe it was assault?
CRUZ: He has just been charged. I know that the reporter alleged that she was physically assaulted. That I will say, it's consistent with the pattern of the Trump campaign.
COOPER: Do you think it says something about the campaign itself? About the leadership?
CRUZ: The culture of the campaign has been a campaign built on attacks, on insults, and I think there is no place in politics for insults, for personal attacks, for going to the gutter, and there should be no place for physical violence either.