Donald Trump’s former campaign manager has sparked outrage after appearing to mock a 10-year-old child with Down syndrome who was separated from her mother.
When Democratic strategist Zac Petkanas highlighted the heartbreaking tale Mr Lewandowski replied with a sarcastic “womp womp”.
In the clip shared widely on social media Mr Petkanas begins: “I read today about a 10-year-old girl with Down syndrome who was taken from her mother and put in a cage…”
Without giving him the chance to finish, Mr Lewandowski makes the sound and appears to roll his eyes sparking fury from his fellow panellist.
“Did you just say "Womp, womp" to a 10-year-old girl with Down syndrome being separated from her mother?” Mr Petkanas demands
“How dare you, how absolutely dare you sir, how dare you...”
I'm trying to find the corner of twitter that is defending Corey Lewandowski - it does not exist. @CLewandowski_ How does it feel to be the most hated man in America?— Caitlin Wolf (@Cat_Wolf324) June 20, 2018
Apparently unfazed Mr Lewandowski replies: “What I said is you can pick anything you want, the bottom line is clear when you cross the border illegally…”
Furious viewers slammed the political commentator branding the comment “inhumane”.
Hi @HarvardIOP,— Nick Jack Pappas (@Pappiness) June 20, 2018
Just wanted to let you know that one of your fellows, Corey Lewandowski, just said, "Womp, Womp," when he was told about a child with Down Syndrome being taken from her mother at the border.
Let us know your thoughts on this.
Decent Human Beings
Journalist Shaun King wrote on Twitter: “It's one of the most inhumane moments I've ever seen.”
Writer Sam Stein added: “How could Corey Lewandowski possibly think he could get away with such a crass, disgusting mockery of someone with disabilities?”
University professor Joyce Alene added: “How can anyone be this cold-hearted & cruel?”
Womp womp will be the sound Corey Lewandowski's soul makes as it descends to Hell— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) June 20, 2018
The row comes after harrowing images and footage emerged of children being separated from their parents after crossing the US border following a change in immigration policy.
Mr Trump was forced to defend the “zero-tolerance” policy on immigration.
Karma just decided that from now on, whenever something goes horribly wrong for Corey Lewandowski, somebody within earshot will sing out "Womp Womp."— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) June 20, 2018
And this may happen more than once.
Mr Trump said the US would not become a “refugee holding facility”, comparing the potential outcome of a policy shift to “what’s happening in Europe.”
“The United States will not be a migrant camp, and it will not be a refugee holding facility,” he said.
“You can look at what’s happening in Europe and in other places, we cannot allow that to happen. Not on my watch.”
The policy has been criticised by former First Ladies Laura Bush and Hillary Clinton.
Laura Bush wrote in an opinion piece in the Washington Post that she appreciates “the need to enforce and protect our international boundaries, but this zero-tolerance policy is cruel. It is immoral. And it breaks my heart.”
While Ms Clinton said on Twitter: “We should be a better country than one that tears families apart, turns a blind eye to women fleeing domestic violence and treats frightened children as a means to a political end.”