Rubio: My campaign wouldn’t survive its manager hurting a reporter
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Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioTrump faces difficult balancing act with reelection campaign Republicans wary of US action on Iran California poll: Biden, Sanders lead Democratic field; Harris takes fifth MORE (R-Fla.) on Monday suggested his White House operation would fold if its campaign manager bruised a reporter, as a journalist alleges of GOP presidential front-runner Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump conversation with foreign leader part of complaint that led to standoff between intel chief, Congress: report Pelosi: Lewandowski should have been held in contempt 'right then and there' Trump to withdraw FEMA chief nominee: report MORE’s top aide.

“Somehow there’s a double standard here in all of this,” he said on "The Mike Gallagher Show." "If my campaign manager had done that, my campaign would be over. I would have had to quit that very day."


Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields resigned late Sunday over the conservative website’s handling of her claim that Trump’s campaign manager physically clutched her arm last week.

Fields accused Corey Lewandowski of bruising her arm during an incident on March 8, even filing a police report against the major Trump staffer.

Her account has sparked strife within Breitbart, with the publication losing former editor Ben Shapiro and former spokesman Kurt Bardella since it entered national headlines.

Rubio argued on Monday that the incident is the latest portraying Trump and his campaign as potentially instigating violence.

“If it happened, it is one more example of what’s happening here at these Trump events and rallies,” he said, linking Fields’s accusations with recent physical clashes at Trump’s campaign stops.

“Irrespective of where you feel he stands on policy — I don’t know where he stands on public policy because he doesn’t talk about public policy — it’s unacceptable.”

Rubio additionally vowed that conservatives defending Trump might one day regret supporting the outspoken billionaire.

“There is going to come a moment when people in the conservative movement who are supporting Donald Trump are going to stop and say, ‘My God, what have we done?’” he said.

“There’s going to be prominent people out there who are going to spend several years explaining away how they fell into this over the last few months.”

Trump suggested last week that Fields made up her account. The incident comes after several Trump rallies last week were marred by physical clashes between supporters and protesters followed by criminal arrests.