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Breitbart Editor: ‘Corey Lewandowski Is a Thug, and Donald Trump Is a Thug for Backing Him’

'The fact that the Trump campaign continues to play this game ... it's beyond disgusting.'

An editor-at-large for Breitbart, Ben Shapiro, is calling for Donald Trump to fire his campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, after the latter was accused of violently restraining Shapiro’s colleague, Michelle Fields, during a recent Trump rally.

“Corey Lewandowski is a thug, and Donald Trump is a thug for backing him,” Shapiro said Thursday night during an appearance on Fox News’s The Kelly File

Unlike Breitbart management, which today shifted blame for the attack from the Trump campaign manager to the Secret Service, Shapiro is vocally backing Fields’ account. 

“The fact that the Trump campaign continues to play this game, where they put out not just violent rhetoric but in this case a campaign manager engaging in violent action — and they won’t step down to apologize — is beyond disgusting, it really is,” Shapiro said. ”It’s gross.”

Shapiro also noted a Daily Beast report that several sources say Lewandowski later confided to Breitbart reporter Matt Boyle that he would not have roughed up Fields had he known she worked for the Trump-friendly outlet.

Shapiro called on the Trump campaign to sack Lewandowski. Instead Trump — when asked last night about the altercation — denied it ever occurred. Today Fields filed charges against Lewandowski.

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