Published: Mon, May 29, 2017
Culture&Arts | By Sandra Brady

Montana Republican Who Roughed Up Reporter Wins House Seat

Montana Republican Who Roughed Up Reporter Wins House Seat

"Great win in Montana", Trump told reporters as he arrived in Italy for a meeting of the G-7 nations as part of his first foreign trip as president, The Hill reports.

Three Montana newspapers withdrew support for Gianforte on the day of the election because of the incident, but it's not clear what effect the incident had on the vote. "Ben Jacobs", he said.

There was no indication that Gianforte knew or cared that Jacobs was Jewish when he allegedly threw the reporter to the ground and broke his glasses, leading to misdemeanor assault charges.

"Last night I made a mistake", he said, to more laughter, "I took an action that I can't take back".

"Wow, I guess the GOP really has become the party of Donald Trump", said Meyers, showing a clip of Trump body-slamming WWE CEO Vince McMahon.

Apparently many Montana voters approve of liberals being body slammed and pummeled."Montana voters didn't pass judgment on initial allegations".

It's also worth noting that, despite winning in last night's election, Gianforte significantly underperformed compared to how Republicans fared in Montana during the 2016 general election.

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Liberals on social media reacted to the news that Gianforte won despite being charged with assault.

"Last night I learned a lesson", Gianforte told supporters. Democratic enthusiasm up, Gianforte wins despite reporter assault controversy.

The special election was for Montana's lone House seat, which was vacated when former GOP Rep. Ryan Zinke was tapped to be Trump's Interior secretary. Gianforte could be heard on an audio tape yelling at the reporter, Ben Jacobs of The Guardian.

And in response to the Fox News reporters who detailed Gianforte's alleged assault, Meyers said, "Here's a sentence I never thought I'd say, 'Thank you Fox News for telling us the truth'".

Gianforte has since apologised for his behaviour, saying it is "the Montana way" to own up to mistakes.

During his run for the House seat, Mr Gianforte tied himself to Mr Trump, promising to help "drain the swamp" and campaigning with Vice President Mike Pence and Donald Trump Jr. "Democrats who have won statewide in Montana tend to be moderate, and Quist is no moderate".

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. Outside Republican groups spent significantly more than their Democratic counterparts - $5.6 million to about $1 million, a fact that might cause progressives to ask why the national party didn't jump in sooner to boost Quist.

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