Montana GOP candidate charged for allegedly body-slamming reporter

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The Republican candidate in Thursday's special congressional election in Montana is charged with misdemeanor assault. Billionaire businessman Greg Gianforte is accused of body-slamming reporter Ben Jacobs Wednesday night. Meg Oliver reports.

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    • Even though I am a liberal, I hate comments like these. These are just like the “liberalism is a mental disease” — that doesn’t achieve anything. Be the bigger person.

    • tell that to the liberals who bring ied’s to trump rallies just so they can hurt ppl. wear weighted gloves just to hurt ppl, block traffic and drag ppl out of their cars just to hurt ppl, burn their community’s down just to hurt ppl. get over yourself and wake up.

    • tell that to the liberals who bring ied’s to trump rallies just so they can hurt ppl. wear weighted gloves just to hurt ppl, block traffic and drag ppl out of their cars just to hurt ppl, burn their community’s down just to hurt ppl. get over yourself and wake up.

  1. Republicans HATE the First Amendment. How dare a reporter ask a question of a politician? Does the man hit others as well? Just asking.

  2. Why didn’t they arrested him at the scene? Let’s hope people don’t vote for this idiot, believing that he’s the real victim. The public has a tendency to be easily mislead. Example? Donald Trump is president.

  3. I live in Northern Wyoming and all I get is Montana news, and of course their political adds. I have been watching both sides adds and this guy is a low down grease ball I think. I can’t say I would want Quist if I were from Montana, but Gianforte just has that greasy liar aura about him. About 90% of his adds are straight attack adds. I am not from Montana so my opinion means zilch, but just an observation.

    • Cultural Savvy The media cultivates hate and sensationalize issues. They stopped “Reporting” a long time ago. Their fault…. result….anger

  4. With a temper like that, it’s almost never about any particular situation but what’s going on within the aggresor. It also makes me think about domestic abuse. If he can act like that in public, what is he doing at home?

    • Sex offender?, don’t believe that’s been reported over here. Sorry that you only get half the story in your country. Of course Hillary was the only one in bed with the Soviets in the Russian Reset and the sale of 25% of our Uranium to the Russians while she got Hundreds of millions donated to them through Russian banks after the deal went through. Also got the little story here where the one who leaked the DNC emails (again not Russia) was killed during the election. It was barely reported on. Of course two others who were doing stories on it ended up dead as well. Does this stuff get reported in your country?

      My guess is if he had done this to a Clinton he would have ended up with a lot more than a pair of broken glasses.

  5. At first I supported the candidate, but after hearing the audio, you can clearly hear the reporter acting civil & simply asking a question

    • Marius Noneofyoubusiness
      what if the reporter (being a professional at this) is purposely and specifically sounding out in such a way as to make one thing look like something else? (which is a common tactic that even young children use to sway their parents’ judgement to their favor) That’s the concern with taking a bit of the exchange out of context of what happened prior.

    • +R. Lara-Moore Now you’re just jumping through hoops and making blind assumptions desperately to make the politician seem like the victim.

    • John Doe
      No hoops and no sides John Doe. I’m trying to point out that we cannot make assumptions from either perspective based on the limited information. The possibilities for deception and inaccuracies are too probable from either viewpoint. ^.~

    • technically speaking, it actually shows that we are smarter. the left won the popular vote, but by tactical campaigning we won with less votes. that’s what happens when you disenfranchise everyone that doesn’t live in California and new York. but watching the left scurry around like mice running from a raptor sure is funny. lol..

    • No, but notice the only evidence submitted by the reporter was the audio. Not the fact that he stuck his hand in the Congressman’s face, and then grabbed the Congressman’s wrist, moments before the Congressman responded in self-defense.

  6. If the people of Montana vote this assaulter to Congress to represent them, then that will speak volumes about the type of people they are.

  7. You mean a Republican acted in an aggressive, irrational manner?
    NO ONE could have seen that coming…..

  8. Is every politician in America a self entitled billionaire these days, or what ? This is hardly surprising when the Republican Party seems more intent on having the wealthiest candidate, rather than the best. Absolutely disgraceful.

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