dglobalnews.com 'I Made a Mistake': Republican Wins Despite Assault Charges from Reporter Scuffle
Published: Mon, May 29, 2017
Culture&Arts | By Orlando Mckenzie

'I Made a Mistake': Republican Wins Despite Assault Charges from Reporter Scuffle

"Great win in Montana", Trump told reporters in Italy today without being asked, according to pool reports.

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin denounced the attack and called on Mr Gianforte, 56, to apologise.

CNN also pointed out in its reporting the recent spate of journalist run-ins with Republicans, including the reporter who says he was pinned against the wall by security guards for trying to ask a question of FCC commissioner Michael O'Rielly. Jacobs said Gianforte "body-slammed" him after becoming incensed over a question about the House health care bill, a recap that mirrored what Jacobs got on tape.

During his victory speech, Gianforte said that, "when you make a mistake you have to own up to it".

"We'll talk to you about that later", Gianforte said, to which Jacobs replied, "Yeah, but there's not going to be time".

Jacobs: You just body-slammed me and broke my glasses.

"And to see this person who wants to be the one representative into the House of Representatives from Montana be sort of a wannabe Trump - you know, use language like that, treat people harshly like that - that's his model". His win represents a temperature-taking of America's heartland regarding the Republican party-it suggests they still stand behind President Donald Trump-as well as a ringing endorsement of violence against the press. "Last night, I learned a lesson", he said. "However, they should not have to be represented by a man who is now facing an assault charge for body slamming another person".

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"Tonight we won a victory for all Montanans", Gianforte said.

On CBS' Late Show, Stephen Colbert touched on the special congressional election saying Gianforte may or may not win but "he will definitely win the next Wrestlemania". Gianforte appeared with Donald Trump, Jr. and Vice President Mike Pence; the Democrat rallied with Vermont senator Bernie Sanders. Sen.

Gianforte, a 56-year-old software entrepreneur from Bozeman, was the favorite going into a race just several months after Trump won the state by 20 points.

Montana Republican Greg Gianforte (r.) caused national uproar when he was arrested for getting physical with Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs on the eve of the state's special election. Democrats were initially hopeful that he'd appeal to Montana's right-leaning voters who have a history of electing Democratic mavericks.

Gianforte also crushed Quist in most rural counties, winning by margins as big as 7-to-1.

Democratic attacks against Gianforte centered around an easement disagreement he had with the state over a boundary along the East Gallatin River, which Democrats used to paint Gianforte as against public lands.

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