House GOP charged after body slamming reporter to the ground
- Author: Leroy Wright May 26, 2017,
May 26, 2017, 13:59
Gianforte prevailed despite being charged on Wednesday night with misdemeanor assault on Ben Jacobs, a political correspondent for the USA edition of the Guardian newspaper, who said the candidate "body-slammed" him during a campaign event in Bozeman. We've heard that the incident has motivated people who were not going to vote to register and vote today.
The incident occurred as Jacobs tried to ask Gianforte about healthcare, according to an audio tape.
House Speaker Paul Ryan is calling for the Republican candidate in Montana's special House election to apologize after allegedly attacking a reporter and getting charged with assault. "I think he wailed on me once or twice".
Gootkin added that there was enough evidence to warrant misdemeanor assault charges, and that the case has been turned over to the Gallatin County attorney's office.
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One side of the dispute between a GOP candidate and a reporter about what happened during a body-slamming assault Wednesday was strengthened when Fox News reporters who witnessed the incident issued their report.
The special election for Montana's lone House seat is Thursday.
Gootkin also disclosed that he had in March donated $250 to Gianforte's campaign.
"I'm sick and exhausted of you guys", Gianforte is heard saying.
"It's the First Amendment that was insulted by Gianforte's attempt to justify what he did: attacking a reporter asking a reasonable question, on a matter of great public interest, to a political candidate on the eve of an important election", he continued.
The election result is a major blow to Democrats - the race had been seen as something of a litmus-test for how badly the scandals of the Trump Administration were affecting Republican chances statewide.
'Jacobs grabbed Greg's wrist and spun away from Greg, pushing them both to the ground'.
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Early voting had already begun in Montana and polls opened on Thursday to determine who will represent the entire state in the House of Representatives after Ryan Zinke left office to serve as secretary of the interior. "The last guy who came here did the same thing". On the eve of the election, Gianforte apparently chose to commit felony assault on a reporter asking him questions. A Fox News Channel crew who witnessed the confrontation backed Jacobs' version of events.
"I will only vote for a repeal and replace that brings premiums down, protects people with pre-existing conditions, and protects rural access", Gianforte told a news station in Missoula on Wednesday.
But a 45-second recording that Jacobs released does not contain a request from Gianforte that Jacobs lower his phone.