Donald Trump had threatened to skip out on tonight’s #CNNTownHall with Anderson Cooper, tweeting that the network “has nothing but my opponents on their shows.” In the end, Trump did show, and to no one’s surprise, Cooper’s first questions had to do with Trump’s campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and the minor battery charges he faces following the alleged grabbing of former Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields.
Trump has stood firmly by Lewandowski, and on CNN he told Cooper that Fields should not have been approaching him (he had already given his victory speech) and that as far as he knew, should could have had a knife rather than a pen.
Trump: "[Fields] walked through Secret Service. She had a pen in her hand, which could have been a knife." pic.twitter.com/CE4LSzslvU
— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) March 30, 2016
Trump: "She had a pen in her hand, which could have been a knife. it could have been just a pen, which is very dangerous." A real quote. SAD
— Dan Fenner (@DanFenner) March 30, 2016
Or, Trump explained further, it could have just been a pen, “which is very dangerous.” Behold:
— delrayser (@delrayser) March 30, 2016
Doesn’t anybody remember the damage President Obama has done to the country with just a pen and a phone?
— Tanvi Madan (@tanvi_madan) March 30, 2016
— Lucy Steigerwald (@LucyStag) March 30, 2016
Trump says Michelle Fields was holding a pen which could've been a knife but a pen can be very dangerous too. Seriously? #GOPTownHall
— Steven Rattner (@SteveRattner) March 30, 2016
Trump on what Michelle Fields may have been carrying: "It could have been a knife,” maybe “a little bomb." pic.twitter.com/mtAJbXk0zw
— Hunter Schwarz (@hunterschwarz) March 30, 2016
"She had a pen, it could have been a knife," Trump says of reporter in his press corps, virtually all of whom carry pens.
— Roger Simon (@politicoroger) March 30, 2016
Use to carry pens, you mean. We sense a ban on the horizon.
Things that Trump says Michelle Fields could have been holding: a pen, a bomb, a knife or "who knows."
— Reid J. Epstein (@reidepstein) March 30, 2016
"She had a pen in her hand – it could have been a knife!"
Trump REALLY hates women, and victims as a whole.
— benny (@bendykoval) March 30, 2016