The Donald Trump campaign has denied that its manager grabbed a young protester’s collar at an Arizona rally on Saturday, the latest in a series of physical incidents at the candidate’s events.
The candidate’s rally in Arizona’s city of Tucson was repeatedly interrupted by protesters — and footage captured one demonstrator being kicked and punched while he was escorted out.
In a separate incident, video captured what appeared to be an altercation between Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and a young protester at the rally. In the video, the young protester is yanked back while speaking with Lewandowski and others while being ejected from the event.
Trump campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks said Lewandowski wasn’t the one responsible, instead placing the blame on a man standing to the left of Lewandowski. The man seen to the left of Lewandowski in the video is a member of Trump’s private security.
“Corey Lewandowski was speaking with a protester at today’s rally in Tucson, Arizona when the individual he was speaking with was pulled from behind by the man to Lewandowski’s left,” Hicks said in an emailed statement Saturday. “The video clearly shows the protester reacting to the man who pulled him, not to Mr. Lewandowski.”
It was the second time in just over a week that the campaign has had to address questions about Lewandowski.