Montana Republican official Karen Marshall, the vice president of programs for Gallatin County Republican Women, said that she “would have shot” a reporter that was assaulted by GOP Rep. Greg Gianforte if the reporter had approached her the way he approached Gianforte when trying to ask a question the night before his election.
Marshall told the Voices of Montana radio program Thursday that she would have shot Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs if she had been in Gianforte’s place, according to The Guardian.
“If that kid had done to me what he did to Greg, I would have shot him,” Marshall said.
Gianforte has pled guilty to misdemeanor assault after body-slamming Jacobs to the ground, breaking his glasses and punching him after Jacobs attempted to ask the candidate a question at his campaign headquarters the night before the Montana special election in May.
“That kid came on private property, came into a private building and went into a very private room that I would not even have gone into,” Marshall said. “It was a set-up. A complete set-up. He just pushed a little too hard.”
Gianforte, who has since apologized for the attack, won the election the day after the assault and was sworn into Congress in June.