The man that the Donald Trump campaign blamed for grabbing a protester at one of his rallies instead of campaign manager Corey Lewandowski also works for Trump.
Trump issued a statement Saturday after video emerged showing Lewandowski grabbing a protester, saying he was “was pulled from behind by the man to Lewandowski’s left. The video clearly shows the protestor reacting to the man who pulled him, not to Mr. Lewandowski. The man to Corey’s left who pulls the protester back and many other people in the scene are reacting to the protestor grabbing the woman in the green shirt.”
The statement was odd for several reason. First, because Lewandowski was very, very obviously the one who grabbed the protester. [h/t Legal Insurrection]
But secondly, because as Politico reporter Ben Schreckinger immediately pointed out, the person Trump blamed was actually a Trump security staffer.
That guy’s a member of Trump’s private security detail in street clothes, though statement does not identify him https://t.co/u39rjGBYYC
— Ben Schreckinger (@SchreckReports) March 20, 2016
Here’s the same man, detaining a protester in Chicago.
The Trump campaign admitted as much when contacted by Politico. When asked why their statement failed to identify the man as one of their own staffers, the campaign replied, “Although we did not identify this individual, we did not make any suggestion as to his affiliation or lack thereof.”
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