Attacking the Press is Gianforte’s Forte

Greg Gianforte (R-MT)

Greg Gianforte
(R-MT)

(Missoula, MT — May 25, 2017) – On the eve of a special election that could send him to Washington, DC, Congressional candidate Greg Gianforte (R-MT) yesterday showed his true Fourth Reich colors by physically assaulting a reporter.

Gianforte’s mentor, Donald Trump (R-NY), would have been proud.

On January 23, 2016, Squirrelhead Donald condoned such levels of violence when he boasted that he could shoot someone and still maintain his loyal base of Trumpist Brownshirts:

“I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and wouldn’t lose any voters, OK? It’s, like, incredible.”

“With that kind of backing, why wouldn’t you attack people?” asked a political scientist, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Ben Jacobs

Ben Jacobs

The altercation began when Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs asked Gianforte, a candidate for the House of Representatives, questions about the Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) scoring of the American Health Care Act of 2017, aka Tremendouscare.

The CBO scoring – released yesterday, three weeks after the May 4 vote in the House of Representatives which approved Tremendouscare on a 217-213 margin – showed that 23,000,000 Americans would lose their health care if the law was enacted.

Unfortunately for Gianforte, he was caught on tape on May 5 praising the House vote.

Hence, Jacobs was asking Gianforte about his support for legislation that would ruin the lives of – if not outright murder – 23,000,000 Americans.

What follows is a transcript of their conversation, showing that Gianforte responded with the only method known to Trumpist Brownshirts – psychopathic violence:

Gianforte: Yeah, we’ll talk to you about that later.

Jacobs: Yeah, but there’s not going to be time. I’m just curious –

Gianforte: Okay, speak with Shane, please.

[loud scuffling noises, an even louder crash, repeated thumping]

Gianforte: [shouting] I’m sick and tired of you guys!

Jacobs: Jesus Chri–!

Gianforte: The last guy that came in here, you did the same thing! Get the hell out of here!

Jacobs: Jesus!

Gianforte: Get the hell out of here! The last guy did the same thing! You with The Guardian?

Jacobs: Yes! And you just broke my glasses.

Gianforte: The last guy did the same damn thing.

Jacobs: You just body-slammed me and broke my glasses.

Gianforte: Get the hell out of here.

Jacobs: You’d like me to get the hell out of here, I’d also like to call the police. Can I get you guys’ names?

Unidentified third man: Hey, you gotta leave.

Jacobs: He just body-slammed me.

Unidentified third man: You gotta leave.

Typical of a Chancellor Squirrelhead lackey, Gianforte spokesman Shane Scanlon attempted to emulate Press Secretary of the Week Sean Spicer and blame the altercation on Jacobs:

“Tonight, as Greg was giving a separate interview in a private office, The Guardian’s Ben Jacobs entered the office without permission, aggressively shoved a recorder in Greg’s face, and began asking badgering questions. Jacobs was asked to leave. After asking Jacobs to lower the recorder, Jacobs declined. Greg then attempted to grab the phone that was pushed in his face. Jacobs grabbed Greg’s wrist, and spun away from Greg, pushing them both to the ground. It’s unfortunate that this aggressive behavior from a liberal journalist created this scene at our campaign volunteer BBQ.”
Rob Quist (D-MT)

Rob Quist
(D-MT)

Unfortunately for both Gianforte and Scanlon, an audio recording of the attack was made, showing that Scanlon’s explanation of events is a 100% lie.

The recording, coupled with eyewitness accounts, were enough for Montana authorities to charge Gianforte with assault. If convicted, he could face up to six months in jail and a $500 fine.

“I can’t wait to see him try to body-slam Bubba,” said a supporter of Gianforte’s opponent, Rob Quist (D-MT), speaking on condition of anonymity. “Good times!”

The attack led three major Montanan newspapers – The Billings Gazette, The Helena Record, and The Missoulan – to withdraw their endorsements of Gianforte. What effect the rescinded endorsements, coupled with the attack, will have on tonight’s election is anyone’s guess.

“People are now taking a second look at Gianforte,” said a political strategist, speaking on condition of anonymity. “Chancellor Squirrelhead and his loyal Trumpist Brownshirts support beating up the press. Now we’ll see whether or not Montanans feel the same way.”

Donald Trump (R-NY)

Donald Trump
(R-NY)

Twitter users expressed their outrage at Gianforte by creating a hashtag for those interested in returning the favor, freely advocating the body-slamming of the COTUS candidate: #BodySlamGregGianforte Twitter.

Others took retribution against Gianforte to the next level.

“If that SOB gets elected and comes to Washington, I’ll be waiting for him,” said a DC-area non-essential Federal government employee, speaking on condition of anonymity. “And I won’t body-slam him because that’s too good for him. Instead, I’ll run him over with my truck. Once they amputate his arms, we’ll see if ever lays a hand on a reporter again.”

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