Greg Gianforte, the Republican candidate (and winner) in Montana’s special congressional election, has been charged with misdemeanor assault after he allegedly body slammed a reporter and broke his glasses.
The incident took place at Gianforte’s campaign headquarters in Bozeman, Montana, the night before the state’s special election.
Ben Jacobs, a political reporter for the Guardian, said he had been asking Gianforte about the Republican healthcare plan when the candidate “body slammed” him and began shouting, “Get the hell out of here.”
“He took me to the ground,” said Jacobs. “This is the strangest thing that has ever happened to me in reporting on politics.”
During my lengthy career as a broadcast journalist I was never body-slammed by anyone I interviewed or tried to interview.
I was yelled at, told off, poked, and had someone put his hands down sharply on my shoulders to emphasize a point (That would have been Hulk Hogan…I was not hurt during the interview, just briefly frightened).
But never body-slammed. Or elbow-smashed. Sucker-punched.
Of course what Gianforte did was entirely wrong. No defense whatsoever.
But columnist Kurt Schlichter raises an interesting point.
While we conservatives realize Gianforte’s actions were inexcusable, should we even care?
Schlichter argues no, with some strong language:
Liberals have chosen to coarsen our culture. Their validation and encouragement of raw hate, their flouting of laws (Hi leakers! Hi Hillary!) and their utter refusal to accept democratic outcomes they disapprove of have consequences. What is itself so surprising is how liberals and their media rentboyz are so surprised to find that we normals are beginning to feel about them the way they feel about us – and that we’re starting to act on it. If you hate us, guess what?
We’re going to start hating you right back.
Read his entire column here.