To fill the Republican candidate for Montana’s only seat in the U.S. house of representatives allegedly punched a reporter to the ground in his campaign headquarters the day before the election.
Ben Jacobs, a reporter for the Guardian, wrote on Twitter on Wednesday night that Greg Gianforte “popped only body [sic] me and broke my glasses.”
Greg Gianforte just the body hit me and broke my glasses
— Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) May 24, 2017
The paper later audio posted-recorded by a local TV-Team of the confrontation between Jacobs and Gianforte, which took place on the candidates ‘ campaign headquarters in Bozeman.
In the audio, Jacobs a question about the CBO scoring of the house Republicans tried to ask, Gianforte’ plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare.
“We will respond to talk to you about that later,” Gianforte.
“Yes, but it is not talk begins at the time–” Jacobs before Gianforte says, “with [speaker] Shane [Scanlon], please.” At this point, the sound that is heard someone fall over.
“I’m sick and tired of cries of you,” Gianforte. “The last guy that came here did the same. Get the hell out of here. Get the hell out of here. The last guy did the same. You’re with the guardians?”
“Yes, and you broke my glasses,” Jacobs answers.
“The last guy says the same damn thing,” Gianforte.
“Your body hit me and broke my glasses,” Jacobs says.
“Get out of the hell here,” Gianforte repeated.
“Do you want me to get the hell out of here, I’d also call the police,” says Jacobs, when the recording is finished.
The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reported that Jacobs was rated in the scene and was taken to a hospital. Gianforte left the area after the conversation with the local Sheriff’s deputies, and made no statement to the journalists.
Scanlon later made a statement saying that Jacobs “in the [campaign] office, without permission, aggressively shoving a recorder in Greg’s face and began to ask, badgering questions.”
Later, the statement added, “After he refused to Jacobs on the bottom of the recorder, Jacobs. Greg then the phone tries to attack, that was shoved in his face. Jacobs grabbed Greg’s wrist, and turned away from Greg, pushing them both to the ground. It is unfortunate that this aggressive behavior from a liberal journalist created this scene on our campaign as a volunteer barbecue.”
The democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, in a statement calling for withdraw Gianforte returned to his candidacy and said Republicans “should not wasting a minute, before you publicly against your candidates and ask you to forgive me for the millions of dollars that she spent in his name.”
Gianforte, a businessman, has strongly aligned himself with President Trump and the National Rifle Association, is a democratic Rob Quist and Libertarians to replace the Mark Forwards on Thursday the post-election Ryan Zinke Minister, who left Congress to the inside.