Republicans call on Greg Gianforte to 'apologise' for assaulting reporter
Republicans call on Greg Gianforte to 'apologise' for assaulting reporter
26 May, 2017, 14:10
Gianforte has defeated DemocratRob Quist to win the seat formerly held by Ryan Zinke, who President Trump tapped earlier this year to be his Interior Secretary.
Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin said Gianforte was charged with a misdemeanor instead of a felony because no weapon was used and Jacobs was not seriously injured. Democrat Rob Quist had 44 percent at the time of the call, according to the Montana secretary of State's website. Ms. Acuna wrote in a blog post that she and her colleagues "watched in disbelief as Gianforte then began punching the reporter". But part of the job representing the people of Montana is answering basic questions on important topics, topics such as how a unsafe healthcare plan could impact the very people you are trying to represent. But when Jacobs talked to VICE News today, he pushed back on that.
"This includes publishing our first-hand account of the incident and covering all of the evolving news leading up to the Montana special election throughout the day across all of our platforms".
"What kind of a wuss files charges over broken glasses?" wondered the Daily Caller's Derek Hunter; in reply to audio of Jacobs's assault, Town Hall's Kurt Schlichter tweeted, "I'll go find a breeding kennel if I want to listen to bitches". Jacobs last month wrote about Gianforte's investments in funds linked to Russian companies under United States sanctions.
When Jacobs says that there won't be time, Gianforte says "Just-" and there is a crashing sound.
Gianforte, a 56-year-old software entrepreneur from Bozeman, allegedly grabbed and punched a reporter Wednesday evening at a campaign event, as the reporter tried to question him over the GOP's national health-care bill. "Further, Speaker [Paul] Ryan and the National Republican Campaign Committee should not waste another minute before publicly denouncing their candidate and apologizing for the millions of dollars they spent on his behalf".
"Greg Gianforte must immediately withdraw his candidacy after his alleged violent assault of an innocent journalist", DCCC spokesman Tyler Law said.
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A race that was expected to be a test of President Donald Trump's political clout ahead of next year's U.S. congressional elections was jolted by the charge against Mr Gianforte, a wealthy technology executive who had urged voters to send him to Congress to help fellow Republican Trump.
Alaska Dispatch News reporter Nathaniel Herz told police earlier this month that Republican state Sen. Gianforte must now appear in court by June 7. The president's son Donald Trump Jr. has hit the trail twice for Gianforte, and Vice President Pence also made a recent campaign stop on his behalf.
Let's ask why on Earth a House candidate in Montana should have to answer questions from a reporter for a BRITISH newspaper???? Jacobs then grabbed Gianforte's wrist and both fell to the ground, Scanlon said. Jacobs was released after being examined at a hospital in Bozeman where the incident took place. Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) said, laughing at reporters.
Three Montana newspapers - the Billings Gazette, the Missoulian, and the Independent Record - took the nearly unheard of step of retracting endorsements of Gianforte. "Most of it's verbal, but it's not hard to imagine some of that verbal abuse transitioning to physical abuse, especially when you have the president calling journalists scum, bad people, evil people and 'enemies of the people, '" McBride said.
Jacobs told ABC's "Good Morning America" on Thursday that he never touched Gianforte.
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