Holy shit:The Guardian: Republican candidate charged with assault after 'body-slamming' Guardian reporter
"Allegedly", while a legal requirement at this point, means that, among other things, the Fox News team also present wrote
this about Gianforte's alleged attack on Ben Jacobs: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 reporter. As Gianforte moved on top of Jacobs, he 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. Jacobs 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.
To be clear, at no point did any of us who witnessed this assault see Jacobs show any form of physical aggression toward Gianforte, who left the area after giving statements to local sheriff's deputies.
Oh, and it was all caught on audio tape.Fox News: Key Montana newspapers pull Gianforte endorsement after incident
's post on the Montana election -- the polls close today
so I'm guessing it's too late to donate to Gianforte's opponent (ETA: see comment
, no it's not too late, you can donate now and apparently he currently has 5X matching), but you never know:Action: Montana Special Election
Note: Given the extreme bizarreness and how incredibly close to the special election it was, I'm sure there will be alt-right conspiracy theories about how Gianforte was deliberately provoked by a sinister foreign journalist from some sort of commie foreign paper.
For context: the Guardian is an extremely reputable, deeply earnest, moderately left-of-centre (by UK standards) newspaper. Think New York Times crossed with Slate and far, far less money, perhaps? Its capacity for sinister scheming is minimal.