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Republican Candidate ‘Body-Slams’ Guardian Reporter In Montana After Asking Question About TrumpCare

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Republican Candidate ‘Body-Slams’ Guardian Reporter In Montana After Asking Question About TrumpCare

The Republican candidate for Montana’s congressional seat ‘body slammed’ a Guardian reporter to the floor after he asked the candidate about the Republican healthcare plan, reports the Guardian.

Ben Jacobs, a political reporter for The Guardian U.S., tweeted shortly after 7 p.m. that Greg Gianforte, the Republican candidate in the special election, bodyslammed him and broke his glasses.




The Guardian also published audio of the alleged assault. Listen, below:

Audio of the abortive interview recorded by Jacobs captures the altercation and appears to reference previous questioning from another Guardian reporter. “I’m sick and tired of you guys,” Gianforte said. “The last guy who came here did the same thing. Get the hell out of here. Get the hell out of here. The last guy did the same thing. Are you with the Guardian?”

“Yes! You just broke my glasses,” Jacobs replied.

“The last guy did the same damn thing,” Gianforte said.

“You just body slammed me and broke my glasses,” Jacob said.

“Get the hell out of here,” Gianforte yelled.

Reporters on the scene also tweeted out their accounts of what they witnessed, saying they heard shouting before Gianforte allegedly assaulted Jacobs.

Ginaforte is running against Democrat Rob Quist to fill the seat vacated by Ryan Zinke when he became head of the Interior Department. The reporter’s claims come a day before the election.

Jacobs has been covering the race and last month wrote about Gianforte having financial ties to U.S.-sanctioned Russia companies.




UPDATE: MSNBC’s Chris Hayes interviews Guardian Reporter Ben Jacobs:

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