As the media continues to question Donald Trump’s attempt to win over the support of black voters, former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski tried to defend his former boss by claiming Trump’s life would be in danger if he went into their neighborhoods in an effort to reach them.
Lewandowski joined CNN host Anderson Cooper on Monday night as part of a panel when he was asked why the Republican presidential nominee doesn’t go into their neighborhoods and talk with them instead of talking about them to mostly white audiences.
“You know what’s amazing to me is that no one remembers Donald Trump went to go have a rally in Chicago at the university. And remember what happened?” Lewandowski began. “It was so chaotic and it was so out-of-control that the Secret Service and the Chicago Police Department told him you cannot get in and out of the facility safely. And that rally was cancelled.”
Several of the guest on the panel wondered, “What does that have to do with communicating with the black community?”
“Look!” Lewandowski shot back. “That is a black community. He went to the heart of Chicago to give a speech to the University of Chicago in a campus that is predominately African-American to make that argument. And you know what happened? The campus was overrun and it was not a safe environment.”
Panelist Angela Rye replied, “Would you acknowledge that not all black communities all over the country are still not monolithic. So if he tried the same thing in Cleveland–”
Lewandowski cut her off, “He tried to go to Chicago and wasn’t allowed to make the speech–” as Rye shot back, “What about Dallas? What about Los Angeles?”
“So whose fault is that that that particular event in Chicago was completely destroyed?” he asked.
“It’s not all black people!” Rye pointed out, but Lewandowski quickly said, “I didn’t say it was.”
Conservative CNN commentator Tara Setmayer sided with Rye and indicated that the majority of the audience in Chicago were “predominately white.”