Politics

Corey Lewandowski Says “Womp. Womp.” in Response to Story of Undocumented Child Separated from Mother

The Lowell native, who served as President Trump's campaign manager, responded flippantly upon hearing about a 10-year-old with Down syndrome who was "taken from her mother and put in a cage."

Corey Lewandowski, former campaign manager for President-elect Donald Trump, talks with reporters as he arrives at Trump Tower, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, in New York. (

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We’ve got John Adams, Susan B. Anthony, and Paul Revere. There’s Norman Rockwell, Louisa May Alcott, and the entire Kennedy family. And you can’t forget about Amy Poehler, Chris Evans, and Aly Raisman. All-in-all, Massachusetts natives are an impressive group.

Then there’s Corey Lewandowski, President Trump’s former campaign manager. He’s no Founding Father, to say the least.

During a Fox News segment on Tuesday, the Lowell native participated in a discussion about the administration’s policy of separating families who have illegally enter the country at the border. During the appearance, Lewandowski’s fellow guest, the Democratic strategist Zac Petkanas, told the story of a 10-year-old girl with Down syndrome who was “taken from her mother and put in a cage.”

Lewandowski’s response: “Womp, womp.”

On Tuesday, Mexico’s foreign minister, Luis Videgaray spoke about the 10-year-old, who had been separated from her mother and sent to a shelter in Texas, despite the fact that her father, a legal resident, lived an hour away. Videgaray said the Trump administration’s border policy is “cruel and inhumane,” according to the Washington Post, and said the Mexican government had taken steps to oppose it.

Lewandowski’s response elicited disgust and horror from Twitter users across the political spectrum, who quickly condemned his cruel reaction.

In addition to being ousted as Trump’s campaign manager, Lewandowski was charged with battery in March 2016 for assaulting a reporter; accused of touching the singer Joy Villa without her consent; and spent a lot of time on cable television as the administration’s cheerleader.