The public relations official who said on Friday he could no longer serve as a spokesman for Breitbart told CNN that he believed the website had lied about an incident surrounding allegations Donald Trump’s campaign manager assaulted one if its reporters.
Kurt Bardella, who dropped the conservative website as a client, was asked by CNN host Don Lemon about how Breitbart had dealt with an accusation from reporter Michelle Fields that Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski committed battery against her at a Tuesday press conference.
“Are you saying they are lying?” Lemon asked.
“Yes, I am,” Bardella brazenly responded.
Bardella said as “the evidence became more clear there seemed to be resistance from Breitbart in supporting Michelle.”
“It’s something I just couldn’t understand,” he said. “I certainly don’t agree with it.”
[sharequote=”center”]”It’s something I just couldn’t understand.”[/sharequote]
Bardella said it was “very clear” that the website is “very supportive of the Trump campaign” and had “skin in the game.”
A spokesperson for Breitbart was not available Friday night for comment.
Bardella’s resignation Friday came as video emerged appearing to show Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski grabbing Fields’ arm as she attempted to ask the billionaire a question following a news conference.
Lewandowski had adamantly denied the charge and on early Friday morning called Fields “delusional” in a tweet.
Trump, for his part, said that he thought Fields “made the story up” and advised one reporter to look into her past. “Check her out, just check her out,” he said.
Fields filed a police report alleging “simple battery” was committed by Lewandowski.
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