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been charged with battery after this incident with a reporter earlier this month. the republican front-runner now saying that he may press charges against that reporter. and a pledge, well, what pledge? the remaining republican candidates now trying to back away from their promise to support the eventual republican nominee. did he say it? the senate's top democrat harry reid accused of telling a candidate not to run for the house because, quote, a muslim cannot win this race. it's 5:30 in the morning on the east coast, it's 2:30 out west. this is "way too early." and a good morning to you. it's wednesday, march 30th, 2016. i'm steve kornacki here in new york. new reactions this morning to the arrest of donald trump's
campaign manager, corey lewandowski, for allegedly grabbing the arm of a former reporter for a conservative website. the incident occurred after trump's primary night press conference on march 8th. it happened as trump was exiting the ballroom. that's when a breitbart reporter named michelle fields approached trump with a question. and lewandowski his campaign manager allegedly intervened. police in jupiter, florida, say the crime was caught on tape, closed circuit video. that they say shows lewandowski grabbing for fields. he's now facing a criminal charge for battery or unwanted touching. that's a misdemeanor charge. the police report details an audio recording from fields' cell phone that says, i can't believe he just did that. that was so hard, was that corey? after the trump campaign's initial denials earlier this month, fields tweeted what she said she was a photo of bruises
on her arm, saying, quote, i guess these just magically appeared on me. she filed a police report three days later. lewandowski turned himself in yesterday morning to police. he was quickly released. his lawyers insist he is absolutely innocent. trump meanwhile spent much of the day defending his top aide on twitter, writing this quote. wow, my campaign manager and a very decent man was charged with assaulting a reporter. look at tape, nothing there. quote, why aren't people looking at the earliest statement as to what happened? that is before she found out the episode was on tape. fields tweeted the reply, quote, because my story never changed. seriously, just stop lying. trump had more tweets with photos from just before the incident. quote, victory press conference was over. why is she allowed to grab me and shout questions? can i press charges? and quote, why is this reporter touching me as i leave news conference? what is in her hand? trump reacted yesterday saying
his campaign manager was just trying to protect him. >> i told him, i said you should never set this will case, go all the way. i think they have really hurt a very good person. and i know it would be very easy for me to discard people. i don't discard people. i stay with people. that's why i stay with this country. that's why i stay with a lot of people that are treated unfairly. that's why i'm the front-runner by a lot. you probably saw what happened today with my campaign -- he's a guide. corey. the easiest thing, corey, you're fired, i can't do that. i can't do it. so fortunately, i have a taping system. you know, very -- i'm rich. so i have tapes all over. so this young woman who complained was oh, she was talking about being maybe thrown to the floor and all this. i said, oh that's horrible. then we saw the tapes. did anybody see the tape? what did you think? right? nothing.
i'm leaving with a whole big gang of people, people pushing left and right, left and right. all of a sudden, she bolts into the picture. she grabs me, hits me on the arm. in fact i'm like this with my arm up. he goes by -- i mean, maybe he touched her a little bit, but i didn't -- it was almost like he was trying to keep her off me, right? >> and news of that arrest yesterday shaped much of the political conversation. all of this playing out one week before that wisconsin primary. that crucial wisconsin primary. reaction yesterday beginning with ted cruz who called the incident quote, a fireable offense. >> of the culture of the trump campaign. the abusive culture. when you have a campaign that's built on personal insults, on attacks and now physical violence, that has no place in a political campaign. it has no place in our democracy. and i think it is a really unfortunate development, but i do think it helps clarify for the voters.
what the trump campaign is all about. >> first of all, i don't know this guy. i don't know exactly what happened. my understanding is that the report is that he grabbed somebody and that's frankly totally and completely inappropriate. it could have been one of my daughters for that matter. look, i think i have said what i have to say, which is if it was me, if i was in this circumstance, i would take some sort of action. even suspension or firing. >> every candidate has to be responsible for what happens in their campaign. what donald trump has been doing over these last months is insighting -- is inciting violent and aggressive behavior. that i think is very dangerous and it's resulted in attacks on people at his events. and including this charge that was now brought against his
campaign manager. i'm not going to comment on a pending legal or criminal case. but i think that, you know, ultimately the responsibility is mr. trump's. >> meanwhile, all three remaining republican candidates now seem to be backing away from a pledge they initially made to support their party's eventual nominee. >> essentially you're saying it's in the balance, you're kind of waiting to see? >> well, i would say that that would be a good way to describe it. i have to see what happens. if the nominee is somebody that i think is really hurting the country and dividing the country, i can't stand behind them. but we have a ways to go. let's see how this all folds out. and so -- >> so far is it fair to say that you believe donald trump looks like he would harm the country if he was the nominee? >> that'll be up to the voters here. i'm not going to get into that. that's too much below the belt. >> i'm not in the habit of sub porting someone who attacks --
supporting my wife or my family. that's below the line. >> if donald trump is the gop nominee, would you support him? >> let me tell you my solution to that. donald is not going to be the gop nominee. we're going to beat him. >> i would assume by you saying you would not support him, you would not support him? >> i gave you my answer. listen, i think nominating donald trump would be an absolute train wreck. >> when i was pressing senator cruz on it, sounded like he was saying he'd have a hard time supporting somebody -- >> he doesn't obviously have to support me. i'm not asking for his support. i want the people's support. >> do you ever -- the republican nominee? >> i don't know -- >> you don't? >> we'll see who it is. >> you won't support the nominee? >> he doesn't have to support me. i have tremendous support right now from the people. >> and with just a week to go before the wisconsin primary, ted cruz yesterday picking up a
big endorsement in that state. it came from republican governor scott walker who dismissed the idea he was simply opposing donald trump saying, quote, i'm supporting someone, not against something or someone. and then that's senator marco rubio who despite suspending his presidential campaign is trying to keep ahold of the 172 delegates he won this year. a source working for rubio telling msnbc saying that rubio sent a signed letter in 21 states and territories asking he be allowed to keep his delegates. the letter scent to the chair of the alaska republican party reads in part, i write this letter to inform you that the decision to suspend my campaign for the untied -- meant to say united, says that this decision is not to release any national delegates. it is my desire that the delegates allocated to me by your rules remain bound to vote for me on at least the first nominating ballot.
the alaska republican party has agreed to let rubio keep the five delegates that he won in that state. a spokesman for rubio telling msnbc, quote, he wants to give voters a chance to stop trump. now on the democratic side, hillary clinton and bernie sanders both campaigning in wisconsin yesterday. also a democratic primary there next week and with just under a week of campaigning left in that state, both are opening up familiar lines of attack. >> one of the reasons that we can speak to hundreds of thousands of people around this country is i'm not wasting my time going to rich people's homes, begging them for their campaign contributions. i'd rather be here with you here in appleton. than begging billionaires for their money. and this is one of the real
differences of opinion that secretary clinton and i have. it's how we have chosen to raise the money we need to run the campaigns. >> one of the big differences that i have with my distinguished opponent, senator sand sanders, who talks about free college, the plan depends upon governors like your governor, putting in a lot of money. i don't think it's all that realistic to say, well, you'll get free college as long as scott walker chips in about, you know -- yeah, about $300 million. that seems like a big leap of faith to me. >> and as sanders and clinton jostle for support in wisconsin, their campaigns are circling the idea of a debate in new york. that'll be the next state to vote after wisconsin. clinton telling reporters yesterday she quote, thinks the
campaigns are talking about it. sanders had this to say last night. >> do you think she's serious about debating you? >> i certainly hope so. look, there are huge issues facing this country, our middle class is disappearing. in new york state there are additional problems. so i would hope we'd have a good debate. my understanding is she would like to do it in brooklyn. i was born in brooklyn. let's do it. >> game on for brooklyn. >> game on. and now to an update on the hijacking of that egyptair jetliner. the suspect is now expected to appear in court this morning. no charges were filed against the alleged hijacker, but a court has ordered he be held for eight days while the investigation takes place. authorities say that mustafa, the alleged hijacker, claimed he had an explosive belt. everyone was released except for
a few passengers and crew members. one was seen scrambling out the cockpit window. and then he surrendered. according to the sun news people the passenger his name is ben ennis, took it to get a closer look at the allegedlied explosives. i figured if his bomb was real, i had nothing to lose anyway. authorities say the explosive belt that he claimed to have was a fake. the country's interior minister releasing surveillance video showing -- purporting to show the passenger passing straight through security. now to the clearest indication yet of how the death of antonin scalia is affecting the court, there was a deadlock in a case involving public sector union fees. the split leaves in place an appeals court ruling. it upheld the practice -- in other words the 4-4 split is no a win for unions. should also men than that president obama's nominee for the supreme court had his first
meeting with a republican senator yesterday. senator mark kirk from illinois met with judge merrick garland yesterday. >> i understand that 15, 16 republicans are thinking about meeting with judge garland and i'm leading by example, i'm showing what a rationale, responsible guy would do. that wants the constitutional process to go forward. >> polling shows most americans believe the senate should go forward with at least holding hearings for obama's nominee. other news, a democratic candidate running for a u.s. house seat in nevada is alleging to "the washington post" that in a private meeting last year, senate minority leader harry reid, one of the top democrats in nevada as well, that reid encouraged him to end his run for the house, saying quote, a muslim cannot win this way. jesse spay who is now a trial lawyer he's the candidate
running in the third district in nevada. he tells the newspaper, i did not feel this was an issue. they made it an issue. he went on to call rooesd comments -- reid's comments shocking. a spokes woman said that it took place, but denied that reid said the words. let's turn to business, this after yellin's cautious remarks signalled a slower pace when it comes to raising interest rates. cnbc's nancy hulgraves joins us live from england. >> that's right. when she stressed caution when it comes to raising interest rates the markets cheered that announcement. we did see the dow and the s&p 500 hit the highest level in a year. the tech heavy nasdaq got close to the market. the highest level since january 5th. if we look at u.s. futures they're pointing to another solid day of gains on wall street, but a lot of investors are wondering how long this
federally will last because the message is that the fed wants to go on a cautious path. we have to look ahead to the nonfarms payroll report on friday which will give the latest indication of how the u.s. job market is doing. that's the next big data point to watch. we're continuing to watch the apple and fbi case, what we believed to be a closed case when it comes to apple. we're learning that the company that in fact helped the government hack into that phone is involved in the san bernardino case is an israeli company called cellebrite. it is owned by japanese company called sun corps. and the interesting note, on tuesday when news came out, sun corps rallied 17% alone and the stock has doubled since its became relevant when we learned that apple was fighting the fbi in its own devices on how to unhack that phone. it gave them a boost, but did trail back a little bit, down
over 1% in line with the prodder japanese -- broader japanese market today. >> thanks for that. up next, the nfl versus "the new york times." why the football league is demanding a retraction from the paper of record. plus, he's won a heisman trophy, but does tim tebow have a future in politics? bill karins says 18 million people are at risk for severe weather and possible tornadoes. we'll have a check of the weather when we come back. there are two billion people
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elevating its response to that story. the league is quote demanding an immediate retraction on the basis that it was a false and defamatory article. the paper reports that a six-page letter signed by the ted well's law firm is an indication that the league might consider filing a lawsuit. "the times" says it has no plans to retrack the story. the mystery ailment that has shut down mets pitcher matt harvey for the remainder of spring training has been revealed. the ace right-hander passed a blood clot in his bladder that was caused by what reporters says was a habit of holding his urine in too long. he has to work on retraining his bladder. yes, as i read this. but luckily for the mets he's been cleared to pitch on opening night in kansas city on sunday. not where i thought that story was doing. finally on the ice, duncan keith could be facing a suspension from the nhl after
hitting minnesota wild forward charlie coyle in the face with his stick last night. check that out. the vicious swing drew blood from coyle. keith was ejected from the game. could be a lot more coming after that. let's get a check on your weather right now. nbc's meteorologist bill karins -- >> why is it when someone says i have to go to the doctor for earn person -- personal reasons, everyone wants to know. we asked for it, we got what we deserved. the bad weather today, end of march/early april. then we have rude stuff. if you're in the great lakes or new england, i'm sorry about what's going to happen. today, though the threat of severe weather, area of yellow is the light risk and includes the dallas, almost over to jackson. 19 million people are at risk. the storms will form over the top of the dallas area as we go throughout about your noon hour and then the storms will head and intensify over arkansas and
louisiana. that's where the worst of it should be. again, even up to kansas city, across missouri, we could get severe weather. but the tornado threat is in eastern texas and southern arkansas and then tomorrow, multiple bands of thunderstorms will move through. already some flood watches up here, two to four inches. now the cold stuff. this is the temperatures, the feels like temperature, the windchill monday morning, negative 3 in northern new england. even as low as 27 in d.c. on top of this is a long-range computer model, it will probably change. a couple of inches snow possible on monday and then a snowstorm come monday and tuesday of next week. this is just a computer model. doesn't mean it will happen. we'll watch in the days ahead. >> i hear the booing, i love the
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know -- >> oh, you're saying the leninist model? >> yeah. yeah. some people feel that. >> don't you think that's dangerous? >> i think that's what's going on now -- if you think it's pragmatic to shore up the status quo right now, then you're not in touch with the status quo. it's not working. >> sarandon's reply to the suggestion she would vote for donald trump, lol that i would ever. i'll have more from susan sarandon and political endorsements later on on "morning joe." >> louis, that's going to do it for me and for "way too early." coming up on "morning joe" though, much more on the battery charge against donald trump's campaign manager, corey lewandowski. despite the tape you're seeing there, the republican front-runner is standing by his man. a look at the legal implications for lewandowski and the political implications for trump. "morning joe" is just moments away. how was your commute? good.
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