White House rips Trump for standing by aide charged with battery

White House press secretary Josh Earnest on Wednesday condemned Republican presidential front-runner Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden slams Trump over golf gif hitting Clinton Trump Jr. declines further Secret Service protection: report Report: Mueller warned Manafort to expect an indictment MORE for standing by his campaign manager after he was charged with battery. 
 
Corey Lewandowski is accused of grabbing the arm of a reporter after a Trump press conference in Florida earlier this month.
 
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“I am confident that neither President Obama nor President Bush would tolerate someone on their staff being accused of physically assaulting a reporter, lying about it and then blaming the victim,” Earnest told reporters. 
 
Earnest said Trump's response to the Lewandowski incident, as well his other controversial actions, is "completely outside the realm of acceptable behavior.”

"I am also confident in telling you nobody is particularly surprised that that's behavior that Mr. Trump doesn't just seem to tolerate, he seems to encourage," he added.