Montana GOP candidate ‘body-slams’ reporter

Montana GOP candidate ‘body slams’ reporter

By Matt Mrozinski


Several news outlets are reporting that a Guardian reporter was “body-slammed” by Montana GOP candidate Greg Gianforte.


In the audio recording released by the Guardian you can hear the scuffle.  Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs was asking a typical question about the recent CBO score given to the Republican healthcare plan.  That’s when you can hear the candidate for U.S. Congress attempt to avoid the question.  The reporter follows up to press Gianforte and the confrontation ensues.

On Gianforte’s website he claims he “will defend the Second Amendment”.  Apparently he skipped over the first.



Here is Gianforte’s campaign statement:


A Fox News crew was present to witness the alleged assault and gave this account:


During that conversation, another man — who we now know is Ben Jacobs of The Guardian — walked into the room with a voice recorder, put it up to Gianforte’s face and began asking if him if he had a response to the newly released Congressional Budget Office report on the American Health Care Act. Gianforte told him he would get to him later. Jacobs persisted with his question. Gianforte told him to talk to his press guy, Shane Scanlon.


At that point, Gianforte grabbed Jacobs by the neck with both hands and slammed him into the ground behind him. Faith, Keith and I watched in disbelief as Gianforte then began punching the man, as he moved on top the reporter and began yelling something to the effect of “I’m sick and tired of this!”


Jacobs scrambled to his knees and said something about his glasses being broken. He asked Faith, Keith and myself for our names. In shock, we did not answer. He then said he wanted the police called and went to leave. Gianforte looked at the three of us and repeatedly apologized. At that point, I told him and Scanlon, who was now present, that we needed a moment. The men then left.