Trump hails body slamming Congressman Greg Gianforte in Montana

Geneva Stokes
October 19, 2018

Trump said Thursday "it certainly looks" like Khashoggi is dead. "I know Montana pretty well, I think it might help him.' And it did". "Any guy who can do a body slam, he's my kind of guy", Trump said, to cheers from the crowd.

The president's filter appeared to catch himself, only to take back the taking back.

"And then I said, well, wait a minute".

Speaking to a Missoula event, Trump showered GOP Rep. Greg Gianforte with praise and recalled the candidate assaulting Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs a year ago for trying to ask a question.

Gianforte, who won the election, pleaded guilty to assaulting a reporter. And he was way up...and I said, 'Oh, this is bad, he's going to lose the election'.

"We endorsed Greg really early, but I heard that he had body slammed a reporter".

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After Jacobs asked Gianforte his question, [reporter] Acuna wrote: "Gianforte grabbed Jacobs by the neck with both hands and slammed him into the ground behind him".

Donald Trump kicked off a western tour in Montana on Thursday ostensibly to support Matt Rosendale as he attempts to unseat Sen. "He's my guy", Trump declared, doing his best impression of a wrestling move to raucous applause and cheers from his Montana audience.

Trump said he could take Biden - and in quicker fashion than Gianforte assaulted Jacobs.

He paid a $385 fine and completed 40 hours of community service and 20 hours of anger management counselling.

Mr Gianforte, who attended the rally with the President, is up for re-election in November and faces former state legislator Kathleen Williams. "We hope decent people will denounce these comments and that the president will see fit to apologize for them".

He said the incident "runs the risk of inviting other assaults on journalists", coming at the same time as the alleged killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

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