Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump stands by campaign aide facing battery charge, saying, ''If he did something like that he would have been fired before she ever got up.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump vowed on Wednesday to stand by his campaign manager despite the aide's arrest over a misdemeanor battery charge, saying, "If she really did go down, if he did something like that he would have been fired before she ever got up." At a campaign rally at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin, played down the incident involving a reporter and campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, 42, who was arrested in Florida on Tuesday. Police in Jupiter, Florida, charged Lewandowski with intentionally grabbing and bruising the arm of Michelle Fields, then a reporter for the conservative news outlet Breitbart, when she tried to question Trump at a campaign event on March 8. Trump and Lewandowski had both initially denied the incident occurred. Trump, a New York real estate magnate, is front-runner to be the Republican nominee after running an insurgent campaign that has alarmed many in the party establishment. Opponents have criticized not just his proposals on issues such as trade and immigration but his streams of insults toward rivals and the aggressive tone of his rallies.