Greg Gianforte, the Republican candidate in Montana’s special congressional election, has been charged with misdemeanor assault after he allegedly body slammed a reporter and broke his glasses on Wednesday night.
The altercation took place at Gianforte’s campaign headquarters in Bozeman, Montana, the night before the state’s special election. It sent political shock waves rippling through the race, with two local newspapers rescinding their support for the GOP candidate.Ben Jacobs, a political reporter for the Guardian, said he had been asking Gianforte about the Republican healthcare plan when the candidate “body slammed” him and began shouting, “Get the hell out of here.”
“He took me to the ground,” Jacobs told his paper. “This is the strangest thing that has ever happened to me in reporting on politics.”
The audio file provided by Jacobs backs up his account of the incident and so did accounts by other journalists who witnessed the incident. – CNN
The only known video of the incident
Here’s the issue with this story (besides a politician beating up a reporter for asking a question): we live in the era of outrage. Either people are outraged at something that Donald Trump or someone who supports him does or people are outraged that there are people who are outraged at the thing that just happened. There’s no middle ground. So when Republican Congressional hopeful Greg Gianforte allegedly beats up a reporter for asking his opinion on the CBO score of Trumpcare, we’re too busy arguing with each other to miss the tiny details of the story. Like how Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin donated to Gianforte’s campaign. Or how over 250,000 ballots have already been cast, which could end up being over half the ballots cast in the special election.
If Gianforte did assault a reporter for asking a question, then yes it’s obviously wrong and he should face the consequences for his actions. I just think people need to sit back and take a breath before jumping on Twitter and calling for his head to be chopped off, and for the other half of people to stop calling for every reporter in the country to have a bag of sand poured down their throats. Lock it up, America.