In the wake of the simple battery charges brought against Corey Lewandowski, campaign manager for Republican candidate Donald Trump, for a Florida incident involving an ex-Breitbart reporter, a group of female media members are calling for his immediate dismissal from the businessman's campaign staff.
In a letter spearheaded by TheBlaze TV personality Dana Loesch, Fox News contributors Katie Pavlich and Meghan McCain and CNN commentator S.E. Cupp, the female personalities describe Lewandowski's behavior as "inexcusable" and "unprofessional."
Following the Jupiter Police's arrest of Lewandowski Tuesday morning, the department released video footage from the March 8 incident between Lewandowski and former Breitbart News journalist Michelle Fields, showing Lewandowski grabbing Fields by the arm and pulling her away from Trump.
Though the evidence appears to corroborate Fields' story that she was assaulted by a campaign staffer, the Trump team said that Lewandowski is "absolutely innocent" of the charge being brought against him. Additionally, Trump said he would not fire Lewandowski because he "can't destroy a man."
But according to 16 female reporters who signed the letter released Wednesday, firing is the only appropriate option.
"The press is to have an adversarial, yet civil, approach to those in, or running for, elected office," the letter reads. "Never in this line of work is it acceptable to respond to reasonable and legitimate questioning with use of physical force."
The letter calls for the "immediate" removal of Lewandowski.
"The Trump campaign has stated that Lewandowski will not be fired even if convicted, however unlike the Trump campaign, we believe in making a statement on the record to clearly highlight the difference between right and wrong," the letter concludes.
Other signatories include Breitbart News reporter Mary Chastain, CNN and Federalist contributor Mary Katherine Ham, Commentary Magazine writer Christine Rosen, American Enterprise Institute scholar Christina Hoff Sommers, Federalist writer Bethany Mandel, American Spectator contributor Emily Zanotti, AM 870 The Answer radio co-host Elisha Krauss, New York Post writer Karol Markowicz, Washington Examiner columnist Kirsten Soltis Anderson, Ethics and Public Policy Center fellow Mona Charen, freelance writer Sarah Rumpf and National Review contributor Brooke Rogers.
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