That video can be seen here.
Doherty didn’t deny that Lewandowski behaved inappropriately but insisted on some context.
“In hindsight, in a perfect word, Tump’s campaign manager shouldn’t have touched that girl,” the senator said, “but in the hustle bustle world of politics, does that stuff happen?”
Yes, he said.
It happens a lot, Doherty noted, such as when MSNBC news personality Chris Matthews pushed away a close quarters trickster – and no one complains. Because it’s Trump and the Trump campaign, a different standard exists, he argues – and it’s unfair.
“In my entire life of serving in politics I’ve never seen a candidate so under attack from all sides,” Doherty said. “So many people are on high alert that they have to take this guy out. The two parties are very close to each other on trade agreements, on open borders, on nation-building in the Middle East. It was supposed to be Hillary [Clinton] versus Jeb [Bush]. The understanding was that Jeb would fight by gentleman’s rules and take another drubbing.
“Trump blew that all up,” Doherty added. “The result backlash from all sides is unprecedented, not only from Democrats but his own party. Chris Matthews pushed a guy and everyone laughed. Clinton’s aide Huma [Abedin] pushed somebody. They laughed. But in the hustle and bustle of a campaign and a reporter pushes through secret service protection, is told to get out of there, and she touches Trump, and all hell breaks loose.”
Doherty said the secret service should have intervened. Lewandowski shouldn’t have been there.
“The bottom line is this is not business as usual,” Doherty said. “The Republican Party haas sold us out.”