Donald Trump’s campaign manager Corey Lewandowski has fired back against BuzzFeed, suggesting on Tuesday that he will take legal action against the popular media outlet. BuzzFeed published a report Monday accusing Lewandowski of a slew of aggressive actions, including making sexual advances against female journalists, claims that Lewandowski has dismissed as “factually inaccurate.”
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Citing anonymous sources, BuzzFeed alleged that Lewandowski “was accused of pushing a CNN reporter who tried to ask the candidate a question; physically confronting an aide for a rival campaign in a post-debate spin room; publicly shouting threats over the phone at a restaurant; making sexual comments about female journalists; and calling up women in the campaign press corps late at night to make unwanted romantic advances.”
In an interview with New York Magazine, Lewandowski was asked whether he would sue BuzzFeed. “I’m not a public person. I told [BuzzFeed reporter] McKay Coppins that his story was inaccurate. I told him not to publish. And he chose to run the story anyway,” he replied.
“It’s all conjecture,” Lewandowski added. “Oh, an anonymous source said I did X? Does that mean I can tweet out ‘Mr. Y has had inappropriate relationships with little boys’? Where is the line?”
The Trump campaign stood by Lewandowski in a statement published by BuzzFeed. “Your story is false, which is no surprise coming from a reporter with an established track record of inaccurate posts about Mr. Trump, and has been repeatedly wrong on everything from claims that Mr. Trump would never run for President to this latest nonsense,” the statement read.
“After months upon months of repeated attempts to malign Mr. Trump, it has become clear some have turned their attention on Corey, a political professional who has worked tirelessly to Make America Great Again,” the statement continued. “Corey is a loyal aide and trusted advisor to Mr. Trump, and is otherwise a private citizen who does not deserve anonymous, disparaging and false accusations and will fight back will all available legal remedies peddled by a disgruntled blogger.”