Hillary Clinton Blames Donald Trump for Campaign Manager’s Behavior
(ABC News) — Hillary Clinton weighed in on the charge brought against Donald Trump’s campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, telling reporters in Wisconsin that “every candidate has to be responsible for what happens in their campaign.”
Clinton accused Trump of inciting violence at his campaign events.
“What Donald Trump has been doing over these last months is inciting violent behavior, aggressive behavior, that I think is very dangerous and has resulted in attacks on people at his events,” Clinton said. “And including this charge that was now brought against his campaign manager.”
Lewandowski was charged today with one count of simple battery. Former Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields said Lewandowski grabbed her during a March 8 incident at the Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter, Florida.
Clinton would not specifically comment on the ongoing investigation or whether she would fire her own staff if they were involved in a similar situation.
“Ultimately the responsibility is with Mr. Trump,” said Clinton. “I think that the charge has been made and people deserve to have their cases heard but I’m making the larger point that the entire campaign that he has been running has played to our worst instincts, has set people against each other, and I don’t think that has any place in presidential politics or any politics.”
Clinton called the tone of Trump’s campaign “negative,” citing his feud with Megyn Kelly and his rhetoric about Muslims. “He is like a political arsonist,” said Clinton. “He has set some fires and people have acted in ways that I think are deplorable and therefore he has to be held responsible.”
She concluded by commending Fields, saying she “deserves a lot of credit” for stepping forward with her story.