The Hill reports:
Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski is refusing to apologize for mocking the story of a 10-year-old girl with Down syndrome who was separated from her family.
Asked on Fox News on Wednesday if he’d like to apologize, Lewandowski doubled down, asking, “An apology? I owe an apology to the children whose parents are putting them in a position that is forcing them to be separated?”
Lewandowski later said that he was mocking Petkanas and not the young girl. Earlier, he made the false claim on Twitter that the separation of families at the border began under former President Obama, writing, “It’s offensive that the MSM doesn’t want to talk about the fact that these policies were started under Obama.”
Fox host Sandra Smith circled back, asking generically about the level of “rhetoric” in discussions of family separation at our border. Smith appealed to Lewandowski’s “heartstrings.”
“I want to go back to the words and the rhetoric that is being used around this, because it is so highly charged, and it’s pulling at all of our heartstrings,” she said. “Reports of these tender-age shelters. Of migrant children that are so young they’re finding a separate place for them because of the influx of children being separated from their parents at the border.”
“That pulls at your heartstrings,” she continued, using the term again. “I know you, you’re a parent. It’s a difficult situation for us as Americans to look on and see this is happening at our border.”
Lots of Fake News today. I mocked a liberal who attempted to politicize children as opposed to discussing the real issue which is fixing a broken immigration system. It’s offenseive that the MSM doesn’t want to talk about the fact these policies were started under Obama.
— Corey R. Lewandowski (@CLewandowski_) June 20, 2018
It was a video…that you were in…that you said “Womp Womp”…when a story about a girl with Down Syndrome being taken from her parents…
Explain the fake news or is that the news show in your head.
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) June 20, 2018
It is YOUR President’s POLICY to take this beautiful little girl away from her mother and subject her to abuse.
YOU CHOSE THIS.
Fuck you and every worthless thing you stand for.
— Mikel Jollett (@Mikel_Jollett) June 20, 2018
There is no low to which this coward Corey Lewandowski won’t sink. This man should not be afforded a national platform to spew his hate. https://t.co/M8adu7P2sf
— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) June 20, 2018
Corey Lewandowski, who said "womp womp" on national TV today regarding a 10-year old immigrant girl with Down Syndrome being taken from her mother, works for a PAC that gets donations from a company that owns private immigration detention facilities. https://t.co/CQJRCGfSXy pic.twitter.com/rztMztYisI
— Aaron Sankin (@ASankin) June 20, 2018