Less than one week after a national political reporter said she was attacked by Donald Trump’s presidential campaign manager, the Breitbart News reporter and its editor-at-large have resigned, adding to growing unrest at the conservative news organization.
In a statement released to BuzzFeed News, reporter Michelle Fields said she tendered her resignation Sunday because of the conservative news website’s handling of the alleged assault.
Breitbart News editor-at-large Ben Shapiro also tendered his resignation Sunday night, claiming the site’s strong support for Trump and its reaction to Fields’ reported assault “betrayed” the life mission of Breitbart News founder Andrew Breitbart.
“Andrew built his life and his career on one mission: fight the bullies,” Shapiro said in a statement released to BuzzFeed News. “In my opinion, (Breitbart News Chairman) Steve Bannon is a bully, and has sold out Andrew’s mission in order to back another bully, Donald Trump; he has shaped the company into Trump’s personal Pravda, to the extent that he abandoned and undercut his own reporter, Michelle Fields, in order to protect Trump’s bully campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, who allegedly assaulted Michelle.”