Donald Trump mercilessly mocked on Twitter for saying a reporter's pen could have been 'dangerous'

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Donald Trump was widely mocked on Twitter on Tuesday after suggesting that a reporter's pen could've been "dangerous."

During CNN's town hall for GOP presidential candidates, Trump defended campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, who earlier in the day was charged with simple battery related to a March 8 incident with a reporter.

Trump said the then-Breitbart News reporter Michelle Fields was holding a pen, which he suggested could have been something more nefarious.

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"She went through the Secret Service, she had a pen in her hand, which Service Service is not liking because they don't know what it is, whether it's a little bomb," Trump said.

He returned to the subject several minutes later while defending his top aide.

"She had a pen in her hand," he said. "It could've been a knife. It could've been just a pen, which is very dangerous.

See photos from the wild town hall event:

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MILWAUKEE, WI - MARCH 29: Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump waves to the crowd after taking part in a town hall event moderated by Anderson Cooper March 29, 2016 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Candidates are campaigning in Wisconsin ahead of the state's April 5th primary. (Photo by Darren Hauck/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - MARCH 29: Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump takes part in a town hall event moderated by Anderson Cooper March 29, 2016 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Candidates are campaigning in Wisconsin ahead of the state's April 5th primary. (Photo by Darren Hauck/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - MARCH 29: Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump takes part in a town hall event moderated by Anderson Cooper March 29, 2016 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Candidates are campaigning in Wisconsin ahead of the state's April 5th primary. (Photo by Darren Hauck/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - MARCH 29: Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump takes part in a town hall event moderated by Anderson Cooper March 29, 2016 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Candidates are campaigning in Wisconsin ahead of the state's April 5th primary. (Photo by Darren Hauck/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - MARCH 29: Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump takes part in a town hall event moderated by Anderson Cooper March 29, 2016 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Candidates are campaigning in Wisconsin ahead of the state's April 5th primary. (Photo by Darren Hauck/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - MARCH 29: Republican Presidential candidate Ohio Gov. John Kasich takes part in a town hall event moderated by Anderson Cooper March 29, 2016 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Candidates are campaigning in Wisconsin ahead of the state's April 5th primary. (Photo by Darren Hauck/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - MARCH 29: Republican Presidential candidate Ohio Gov. John Kasich takes part in a town hall event moderated by Anderson Cooper March 29, 2016 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Candidates are campaigning in Wisconsin ahead of the state's April 5th primary. (Photo by Darren Hauck/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - MARCH 29: Republican Presidential candidate Ohio Gov. John Kasich takes part in a town hall event moderated by Anderson Cooper March 29, 2016 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Candidates are campaigning in Wisconsin ahead of the state's April 5th primary. (Photo by Darren Hauck/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - MARCH 29: Republican Presidential candidate Ohio Gov. John Kasich takes part in a town hall event moderated by Anderson Cooper March 29, 2016 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Candidates are campaigning in Wisconsin ahead of the state's April 5th primary. (Photo by Darren Hauck/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - MARCH 29: Republican Presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) takes part in a town hall event moderated by Anderson Cooper March 29, 2016 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Candidates are campaigning in Wisconsin ahead of the state's April 5th primary. (Photo by Darren Hauck/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - MARCH 29: Republican Presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) takes the stage as he takes part in a town hall event moderated by Anderson Cooper March 29, 2016 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Candidates are campaigning in Wisconsin ahead of the state's April 5th primary. (Photo by Darren Hauck/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - MARCH 29: Republican Presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) takes part in a town hall event moderated by Anderson Cooper March 29, 2016 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Candidates are campaigning in Wisconsin ahead of the state's April 5th primary. (Photo by Darren Hauck/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - MARCH 29: Republican Presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) takes part in a town hall event moderated by Anderson Cooper March 29, 2016 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Candidates are campaigning in Wisconsin ahead of the state's April 5th primary. (Photo by Darren Hauck/Getty Images)
Republican presidential candidate Ohio Gov. John Kasich, participates in a CNN town hall with Anderson Cooper in the historic Riverside Theatre, Tuesday, March 29, 2016, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump reacts to a compliment made about his kids by a questioner in the audience during a CNN town hall with Anderson Cooper in the historic Riverside Theatre, Tuesday, March 29, 2016, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, participates in a CNN town hall in the historic Riverside Theatre, Tuesday, March 29, 2016, in Milwaukee, Wis. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, participates in a CNN town hall in the historic Riverside Theatre, Tuesday, March 29, 2016, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, participates in a CNN town hall with Anderson Cooper in the historic Riverside Theatre, Tuesday, March 29, 2016, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
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Users on Twitter quickly jumped on Trump's statement, mocking the Republican presidential frontrunner for being so concerned about an innocuous object.

Lewandowski has maintained his innocence as the Trump campaign has been caught in a shifting story to describe the incident. Lewandowski initially said he had never touched Fields but Trump now argues that Lewandowski had good reason to step in and separate her from the candidate.

View some of the tweets mocking Trump below:
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Donald Trump mercilessly mocked on Twitter for saying a reporter's pen could have been 'dangerous'
Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1839: "The pen is mightier than the sword." Trump 2016: "It could have just been a pen, which is very dangerous."
OMG THE REPORTER HAD A PEN!!!!!!!!
think we all know ISIS was hiding inside the pen
Master assassin Michelle Fields
Trump is afraid of a pen but he's going to take on ISIS.
It was Jack Klompus's pen. It could write upside down! Seize her!
Now Trump says the Secret Service might have thought Fields’s pen was a “little bomb.” I swear on a Bible. That is what he said.
Trump also says it may have “just been a pen, which is also very dangerous.” have you even seen bourne identity
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NOW WATCH: This isn't the first time this top Trump aide has been accused of misconduct

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