Montana GOP candidate cancels Fox interview following assault charges

Greg Gianforte, the house GOP candidates in Montana, was on Thursday charged for misdemeanor assault after an incident with a reporter, has pulled out of a scheduled interview on Fox News.

Gianforte had planned, on “America’s News Headquarters” with Sandra Smith at 2 o’clock, but a representative for a candidate who said he would not do it, no national interviews following the Wednesday incident.

Gianforte is the confrontation with a reporter that occurred when a Fox News team planned to interview Gianforte in his campaign headquarters. The team said Ben Jacobs, a reporter for The Guardian, pressed Gianforte about the newly released Congressional Budget Office report on the American Health Care Act.

Gianforte Jacobs said to talk to his press Secretary. At some point, Gianforte grabbed Jacobs by the neck with both hands, and slammed him into the ground, according to witnesses.

Gianforte, a Republican and former software Manager, had the slight edge over his Democratic Challenger, Rob Quist, a country music-to fill in performer, the choice of the vacant house seat leading up to Thursday. The majority of the voters were expected to have cast their ballots already by the early voting, so it is unclear how much Wednesday, the events on election results.

If he is found guilty, Gianforte faces a $ 500 fine and up to 6 months in prison.

The democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced that it would start, how many Facebook ads as possible about the incident, targeting Montana Democratic voters, the no vote on Thursday. The Committee also said that Gianforte has to stop the race and the Republican party should publicly denounce him.

Three of Monatana’s largest Newspapers – The Missoulian, the Billings Gazette and the Independent record company withdrew their support from the Gianforte, according to an audio recording of the encounter went viral.

The editorial in the Billings Gazette wrote, “We endanger been supported Gianforte, because he said he was ready to listen, to take the difficult questions. Everything he said was wiped out by his surprising actions, recorded, and testified Wednesday.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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