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Donald Trump, who has Secret Service protection and metal detectors at every entrance, last night doubled down on the dangerous lie that he doesn’t know what a pen is, arguing that his campaign manager was justified in grabbing a female reporter because the writing instrument in her hand could have been “a little bomb.”

Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, is now facing simple battery charges for allegedly grabbing the woman, former Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields, as she tried to ask Trump a question about affirmative action.

Still, it’s a step forward for the Trump campaign, which initially claimed Lewandowski had never touched her.

“Perhaps she made it up. I think that’s what happened,” Trump also said on March 10.

As it turns out, Trump’s own surveillance video of the incident, which was released yesterday by the Jupiter, FL Police Department, clearly shows Lewandowski grab Fields’ arm.

Still, Trump said he doesn’t think Lewandowski did anything wrong—the woman was, after all, holding a pen.

“She was grabbing me,” Trump said. “And just so you understand, she was off base because she went through the Secret Service. She had a pen in her hand, which Secret Service is not liking because they don’t know what it is, whether it’s a little bomb.”

So stupid it’s kind of genius—the Donald Trump signature.