Since the initial charges were made against Corey Lewandowski, Donald Trump’s campaign manager, by Michelle Fields, the Trump campaign and their enablers have tried defending the indefensible. At times, Lewandowski denied everything, saying “@MichelleFields you are totally delusional. I never touched you. As a matter of fact, I have never even met you.”
Now something has been put forth that’s more than he said-she said. That something is this video. Before watching it, it’s important that you watch it frame-by-frame. Watch Mr. Lewandowski’s body positioning. Watch Ms. Field’s positioning, too. It’s also important to watch the time-stamp in the lower left corner of the video. Finally, watch the video in what’s called “Theater mode.” That’s the clearest picture and the biggest images of the incident.
Three seconds into the 12-second video, it’s clear that Ms. Fields is positioned a little bit in front of Mr. Trump. The time-stamp in the lower left of the frame is “08 Mar 2016 – 21:57:45.963 EST Zoom 2.01” This is an important frame because Mr. Lewandowski had his left arm extended towards Ms. Fields’ left shoulder. He’s at least 3′ away from Ms. Fields. It’s also noteworthy that Ms. Fields and Mr. Trump are standing side-by-side at this point. Directly behind Lewandowski is Ben Terris, the Washington Post reporter who initially recorded a brief interview with Ms. Fields. At most, Mr. Terris was 6 feet away from Ms. Fields.
Just 1.5 seconds later, Mr. Trump is 3′ in front of Ms. Fields. Lewandowski is closer to Ms. Fields than Ms. Fields is to Mr. Trump.
The next frame, which has a time-stamp of “08 Mar 2016 – 21:57:47.963 EST” shows Lewandowski moving himself past Ms. Field. He’s clearly got a hold of her. Just as importantly, Ms. Fields is now standing right in front of Ben Terris, the Washington Post reporter.
The next frame, which has a time-stamp of “08 Mar 2016 – 21:57:49.963 EST” changes things significantly. Ms. Fields is standing next to Terris, with Lewandowski shielding Mr. Trump from Ms. Fields.
It’s clear that something happened and that Lewandowski made it happen. The interactions started 3 seconds into the video with Ms. Fields asking Mr. Trump a question about affirmative action. Just 4 seconds later, Lewandowski is shielding Mr. Trump from Ms. Fields’ question.
What’s the likelihood of a reporter asking a presidential candidate a question, then moving away on their own without letting the presidential candidate answer the question? If you asked most reporters that question, it’s a safe bet that the overwhelming majority of reporters would say there’s zero chance that they’d walk away without getting the answer.
That’s just part of the sordid story. Trump wasn’t happy that his campaign manager was arrested. Predictably, Trump took to Twitter, saying “Victory press conference was over. Why is she allowed to grab me and shout questions? Can I press charges?”
It’s a safe bet that Trump will never say that in court. The overhead video shows that Mr. Trump is lying. Mr. Trump didn’t get this wrong. Mr. Trump isn’t mistaken. Mr. Trump lied. At no point did Ms. Fields touch Mr. Trump.
If Mr. Trump testifies in Mr. Lewandowski’s trial, if it reaches that point, he won’t make that accusation. The prosecutor, though, if they’re smart, would be wise to ask Mr. Trump the question. If Mr. Trump recants his story, the prosecutor should use that to destroy Trump’s credibility as a witness.
The Jupiter Police Department deserve high praise for finding this video. It’s the best piece of forensic evidence produced thus far.