The Slatest

Trump Campaign Manager Called Co-Worker a “C—” at Previous Job, Report Says

Corey Lewandowski in Palm Beach, Florida, on Friday.

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Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski has been in the headlines in recent days because a conservative journalist, Michelle Fields, alleges that Lewandowski grabbed her so forcefully at a March 8 press conference that he left bruises on her arm. While Lewandowski has denied the allegation, a variety of evidence backs up Fields’ claim. Early this morning, meanwhile, Politico published a piece suggesting that if Lewandowski did grab Fields, it wouldn’t have been the first time he got inappropriately aggressive with a woman in a professional setting; specifically, the piece alleges, Lewandowski called a co-worker a “cunt” in front of a number of other employees while working for the Koch-backed Americans for Prosperity advocacy group :

But some of his most fiery clashes came with a female official who ran one of the states under Lewandowski’s control. The relationship―and patience for Lewandowski within AFP―reached a tipping point in October 2013. On the sidelines of a meeting of the group’s board in Manhattan, Lewandowski loudly berated the employee for challenging his authority, getting in her personal space and calling her a “c—” in front of a group of AFP employees, including some senior officials, according to three sources who either witnessed the exchange or dealt with its aftermath.

Lewandowski doesn’t appear to have specifically commented to Politico on the allegation that he used the epithet.

There’s also this:

Additionally, reporters told POLITICO that Lewandowski has made sexually suggestive and at times vulgar comments to―and about―female journalists who have covered Trump’s presidential bid. One reporter who was on the receiving end of such comments described them as “completely inappropriate in a professional setting.”

Lewandowski said in an email that he’d never behaved inappropriately with female journalists.

Politico also notes, unsurprisingly, that Lewandowski drinks a lot of Red Bull.