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Ex-Trump Campaign Manager Slammed for 'Surreal Moment'

Corey Lewandowski mocked story of Down syndrome girl separated from mom at border
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 20, 2018 8:30 AM CDT

(Newser) – Corey Lewandowski has weighed in on the controversial border separations mandated by President Trump, and the reaction hasn't been a warm one. The former Trump campaign manager appeared on Fox News' evening broadcast Tuesday, where he squared off against former senior DNC adviser Zac Petkanas, Time reports. Petkanas started to relay the story of a 10-year-old Mexican girl with Down syndrome who'd been separated from her mother, and in the middle of his narrative, Lewandowski jumped in with what the Washington Post calls a "dismissive trombone-like sound effect": "Womp womp," Lewandowski eyerolled, which immediately stopped Petkanas in his tracks. "Did you say 'womp womp' to a 10-year-old with Down syndrome?" said Petkanas, who on Twitter called it a "surreal moment."

"How dare you! How dare you!" Petkanas lashed out at Lewandowski. "How absolutely dare you, sir." Backlash against Lewandowski online was immediate, with choice descriptors of him including "sociopath," "monster," "inhumane," and "ambulatory psychotic." "There is a word for that," CNN anchor Don Lemon said after showing viewers a clip of Lewandowski's diss. "That word is disgraceful." Time notes the child he mocked has been sent to a detention facility in McAllen, Texas, with her brother, while their mother was sent to Brownsville, about an hour away. That according to Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray, who first publicized her case. (Read more Corey Lewandowski stories.)

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