On CNN, Former Breitbart Employee Kurt Bardella Says Breitbart Is Lying About Assaulted Reporter
Kurt Bardella: "As The Evidence Became More Clear, There Seemed To Be Resistance From Breitbart In Supporting Michelle"
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From the March 11 edition of CNN's CNN Tonight:
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DON LEMON (HOST): What led you to quit?
KURT BARDELLA: I just disagree with the course of which they've been covering this, and how they've treated Michelle. I think that they've been looking for a reason to disprove something, when all the evidence from a Washington Post reporter's firsthand account, to the bruises on Michelle's arm, to all the photos and video clips that we've seen strongly suggest that Corey Lewandowski, Donald Trump's campaign manager was the one who did this. And there's no reason to never support your own reporter.
LEMON: Are you saying they're lying?
BARDELLA: Yes, I am.
LEMON: Alright. And you're saying they're lying. Have they lied all along about certain things, to your estimation?
BARDELLA: I think that as this unfolded, you know, in the immediate aftermath, I don't think anyone knew all of the details of what happened. It was obviously a very chaotic, emotional situation, people are in different locations. But I think that as it progressed, and as the evidence became more clear, there seemed to be resistance from Breitbart in supporting Michelle. And it's just something I just couldn't understand. I certainly don't agree with it, and again, I think for me the right thing to do was to try to, extricate myself from a situation I didn't feel comfortable with anymore.
LEMON: Mr. Bardella, why would they not support her, and support the Trump version of the story?
BARDELLA: Well, I think that anyone who's watched Breitbart coverage, who reads the site everyday, it's very clear. And they haven't hidden this at all, that they have been very supportive of the Trump campaign. And I think that there is a desire to want to believe the Trump campaign, and believe the statement that Corey and Donald Trump have come out --
BARDELLA: Because I think that they've -- when you've gone all in so much for a candidate, when you have that kind of skin in the game, you don't want to see that derailed.
LEMON: They're in the tank, you're saying.
BARDELLA: I think it's been very obvious in the coverage, and again, I don't think they've hidden that, or they would dispute that. They're are very much pro-Trump, which is personally also something I have an issue with. I'm not pro-Trump. I think that Donald Trump has been a disruptive force in the political and public rhetoric, the discourse of the conversations running the presidential campaign has deteriorated. You are seeing violence and it's not just an isolated incident. It's a pattern of behavior, and not -- whether it's a reporter, whether it's just a spectator, whether it's a supporter or opposition, nobody is safe. And at what point does somebody draw the line and say enough is enough, and take responsibility for that? You had Donald Trump on not that long ago. He doesn't take responsibility from it, and it's completely unbecoming for the president of the united States.
BARDELLA: Donald Trump makes me embarrassed to say that I'm a Republican.