Donald Trump did an on-plane press conference with the media Tuesday afternoon to defend his campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski.
Lewandowski is accused of grabbing and pushing now-former Breitbart writer Michelle Fields to the ground after a Trump press event in Jupiter, Florida early March. Lewandowski was charged with misdemeanor battery and turned himself into police today.
Trump told the press Fields was actually "grabbing" at him and Lewandowski intervened. The candidate encouraged his campaign manger not to settle, to "go all the way." Trump said Lewandowski has been "seriously maligned."
"She was actually -- if you look at her -- and according to a lot of people -- she's grabbing at me!" Trump told the media. "And [Corey's] acting as an intermediary and trying to block her from doing that. The news conference was over. It was done. It was finished. And she was running up and grabbing and asking questions. And she wasn't supposed to be doing that."
"She wasn't pulled down," Trump said. "She doesn't even change her expression. I looked at the tape. And by the way, if he was that way, I would have fired him in two seconds. I wouldn't care. I couldn't have cared less. But I looked at the tape. there's not even a change of expression on her face. And I look at the internet, and you take a look at the tweets and people are saying, you got to be kidding me."
"I think when people see that tape, and they take a look at that tape, and they take a look at her initial statement, before she knew she was on tape, take a look at that, you have to see it. You take a look at her initial statement, it sounded like she got thrown out of a building," Trump also said.
"He was very, very seriously maligned and I think that is unfair," Trump said of Lewandowski.
Watch the full press conference: