Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski declined to apologize for comments during a segment on the children of illegal immigrants, saying he “never meant to insult anybody with Down syndrome.”
Lewandowski found himself in hot water after making a sad trombone sound while former Clinton staffer Petkanas referenced a story of a 10-year-old girl with Down syndrome being separated from her mother. (RELATED: Fox Segment Goes Off The Rails As Corey Lewandowski Squares Off With Hillary Staffer)
“Chris, of course I never meant to insult anybody with Down syndrome,” Lewandowski told CNN’s Chris Cuomo. “And who I was talking to was Zac [Petkanas]. And I understand what the perception is here and what the media wants to talk about.”
“But what Zac was attempting to do was to use a child with Down syndrome to politicize an issue,” he said.
“What he didn’t tell you, what you need to understand was that person, that person, that poor child was not taken from her parent because she came to this country illegally. That poor child was taken from her parent because her mother has been suspected of being a material witness in a child smuggling ring,” he explained. “We have to get passed using children as political tools.”
Lewandowski concluded, “Chris, I’m not here to offend anybody, that’s not what I’m here to do. I’m here to defend the laws of this country. So if people are offended, then they shouldn’t be. But people need to understand we’re the nation of laws. Those laws are very clear.”