March 20, 2018

Montana political candidate allegedly 'body slams' Guardian reporter

25 May 2017, 09:49 | Rex Hubbard

On the tape, Mr. Jacobs complains about his glasses and Mr. Gianforte repeats his demands that the reporter leave. Voters will head to the ballots on Thursday.

"Get the hell out of here", Gianforte repeats yet again.

Republicans have held Montana's single House seat for two decades, and Gianforte was still favored in a state that Trump won by more than 20 percentage points in last year's presidential election.

"You'd like me to get the hell out of here, I'd also like to call the police", Jacobs said.

"Greg Gianforte must immediately withdraw his candidacy after his alleged violent assault of an innocent journalist", said DCCC spokesperson Tyler Law.

But Gianforte's campaign said Jacobs acted aggressively toward the candidate, shoved a recorder into his face, grabbed him by the wrist and pulled them both to the ground.

"The last guy did the same damn thing", says Gianforte.

Voters will head to the polls Thursday to decide who will fill Montana's only U.S. House seat amid uncertainty in Washington over President Donald Trump's agenda and his handling of the country's affairs.

The Gianforte campaign Wednesday night released a statement blaming the incident on Jacobs.

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"Gianforte has an edge, but it's not going to be a slam dunk", said one national GOP strategist.

Whitney Bermes, from the Bozeman Chronicle, confirms that the Gallatin County sheriffs are investigating, although by all accounts, not investigating hard enough to keep a man who'd just assaulted a reporter from driving away from the scene of a crime.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced the spots late Wednesday.

Roll Call said that the race isn't quite a toss up yet, but the momentum is moving towards the Democratic candidate, "There isn't enough evidence that the candidates are neck-and-neck to justify a Tossup rating, but there is enough uncertainty with special election turnout, and with previous special election races as a backdrop, for us to change our Inside Elections rating of the Montana race from Likely Republican to Tilts Republican".

Fox News says a crew saw Montana's House candidate Greg Gianforte grab a Guardian reporter by the neck and slam him to the ground. "Further, Speaker [Paul] Ryan and the National Republican Campaign Committee should not waste another minute before publicly denouncing their candidate and apologizing for the millions of dollars they spent on his behalf".

Audio of the encounter posted by the Guardian, a British newspaper, to YouTube confirmed the altercation.

She said "the last thing we need is one more guy who flies off the handle". "May I play you a recorded message from President Donald Trump about the upcoming special election?"

VOTE ROB QUIST in the special election May 25, and be sure that your family, friends and neighbors also vote.

The wild card is Libertarian Mark Wicks who could upend the political ambitions of his competitors. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders rallied thousands on Quist's behalf during a four-city tour, while Vice President Mike Pence and Donald Trump Jr. made visits to help burnish Gianforte's credentials among the president's devotees.

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