GOP US House candidate, Montanan Greg Gianforte, caught on tape violently assaulting reporter

Update: A crew from Fox News witnessed the entire attack. Their description is gruesome:

During that conversation, another man — who we now know is Ben Jacobs of The Guardian — walked into the room with a voice recorder, put it up to Gianforte’s face and began asking if he had a response to the newly released Congressional Budget Office report on the American Health Care Act. Gianforte told him he would get to him later. 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.

Republican US House candidate for the special election in Montana this week, Greg Gianforte, attacked a reporter with the Guardian newspaper tonight, body slamming him to the ground, and breaking his glasses, for simply asking the candidate about the CBO analysis of the House GOP health care bill.

The reporter had to subsequently be treated in an ambulance, and reported the assault to the police.

Gianforte subsequently issued a denial of the entire incident, blaming it on the reporter, Ben Jacobs, and claiming that Gianforte asked the reporter to move a microphone out of his face, and Jacobs declined. The Guardian has released audio of the incident that shows Gianforte lied — he never mentioned a microphone, and Jacobs never declined.

If Gianforte gave the same lie when talking to the police, that’s a second crime, along with the assault.

Here is Gianforte’s denial, read it carefully, then listen to the audio.

And here’s the audio from the Guardian, disproving Gianforte’s claims. You’ll note that not only does Gianforte say nothing about the microphone, nor does the reporter say he won’t to remove the microphone (another false claim from Gianforte), but note what happens after the assault. The reporter immediately says “you broke my glasses” and “you body slammed me.” Gianforte doesn’t deny it, but rather goes off on tirade about how sick and tired he is of reporters.

Below the audio is the transcript:

It’s stunning.

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  • Jimmy

    Why wouldn’t anyone step in to help? Being in shock isn’t an excuse for allowing a man to be beaten for no reason in front your eyes.

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    IOKIYAAR

  • goulo

    Interesting that his denial specifies that it was a “liberal” journalist. As if the political leaning of the journalist has some relevance on whether it’s OK to assault them or not.

  • Bill_Perdue

    Thankfully he doesn’t have access to drones. Gurardian reporters might end up like the Americans killed by Obama, who ordered the racist and extra legal murders of Arab and muslim citizens like Ahmed Farouq, Adam Gadahn, Anwar al-Aulaqi, Samir Khan, ‘Abd al-Rahman Anwar al-Aulaqi and Jude Mohammed. One was a sixteen year old boy from Denver Colorado.

    http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/02/10/aclu-obama-no-you-cant-just-murder-american-overseas

    http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/drone_killing_the_fifth_amendment_20140220

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21XhdpHOjRY

  • nikto

    That’s how you get votes in Montana.

  • Demosthenes

    Gianforte sounds like a typical violent Trump follower. I’m surprised he didn’t hire hit men to kill the reporter who had the temerity to ask him about the TrumpNoCare plan.

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