Former CNN host Piers Morgan told former Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields to “toughen up” in a tweet today, after video of Donald Trump's campaign manager Corey Lewandowski allegedly grabbing her arm emerged.
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 04: Television Personality Piers Morgan on stage at BritWeek 2012's 'An Evening With Piers Morgan' (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
“If a male reporter tried to claim this was 'battery', he'd be rightly mocked,” Morgan, a British journalist, tweeted Tuesday.
If a male reporter tried to claim this was 'battery', he'd be rightly mocked. Toughen up, @MichelleFields. https://t.co/JuysRTwRTJ— Piers Morgan (@Piers Morgan) 1459274453.0
Lewandowski was charged today with simple battery in the incident.
The March 8 incident left Fields bruised, according to her Twitter account. She ended up resigning from Breitbart over the way the outlet handled the incident.
I guess these just magically appeared on me @CLewandowski_ @realDonaldTrump. So weird. https://t.co/oD8c4D7tw3— Michelle Fields (@Michelle Fields) 1457636528.0
After Morgan’s tweet received backlash from Twitter users, including from journalists, he sent a string of tweets in response including one criticizing Fields for "claiming battery” in the incident, which he said female journalists such as Barbara Walters, Katie Couric or Diane Sawyer wouldn’t do.
Can you imagine Barbara Walters, Katie Couric or Diane Sawyer claiming 'battery' for this? Just ridiculous. https://t.co/JuysRTwRTJ— Piers Morgan (@Piers Morgan) 1459275442.0
That's it? This constitutes a criminal charge of 'battery'? How utterly pathetic. https://t.co/FYgow4cAjr— Piers Morgan (@Piers Morgan) 1459274076.0
He also responded to Twitter users who linked to a video of Morgan falling off a Segway in order to make fun of him.
"Now THAT'S battery," he wrote.
Now THAT'S battery. By a Segway. https://t.co/DnqcOvmTmt— Piers Morgan (@Piers Morgan) 1459275330.0
It was 5 ribs, actually. https://t.co/zwxTfsMelm— Piers Morgan (@Piers Morgan) 1459274935.0
“Mr. Lewandowski was issued a notice to appear and was given a court date,” Trump campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks told TheBlaze. “He was not arrested. Mr. Lewandowski is absolutely innocent of this charge. He will enter a plea of not guilty and looks forward to his day in court. He is completely confident that he will be exonerated.”
This article has been updated to include additional tweets.