Donald Trump is facing mounting pressure from the right to fire Corey Lewandowski in the wake of his arrest for misdemeanor battery of former Breitbart journalist Michelle Fields. So far, the GOP front-runner has stood by his embattled campaign manager, even going so far as to mock Fields’ allegations during a CNN town hall last night.
Not amused, a group of conservative female journalists have called on Trump in an open letter Wednesday to “remove Lewandowski from his campaign,” calling his behavior toward Fields “inexcusable and unprofessional.”
“The press is to have an adversarial, yet civil approach to those in, or running, for elected office. Never in this line of work is it acceptable to respond to reasonable and legitimate questioning with use of physical force,” the statement reads.
“The photographs, audio, videos, and witness account documenting the treatment of Michelle Fields by Corey Lewandowski, Donald Trump‘s campaign manager, are inexcusable and unprofessional,” it continues. “Donald Trump should immediately remove Lewandowski from his campaign. The Trump campaign has stated that Lewandowski will not be fired even if convicted, however unlike the Trump campaign, we believe in making a statement on the record to clearly highlight the difference between right and wrong.”
Signatories of the letter include Townhall’s Katie Pavlich, Meghan McCain, CNN contributors S.E. Cupp and Mary Katharine Ham, the Blaze’s Dana Loesch, the Federalist’s Bethany Mandel, AEI’s Christina Hoff Sommers, the American Spectator’s Emily Zanotti, and Breitbart’s Mary Chastain.
Although Trump likes to say he “respects” and “cherishes” women, he is facing significant headwinds this year attracting female voters even within his own party. A recent poll showed that nearly half of Republican female primary voters said they could not imagine themselves ever voting for Trump.