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Washington (CNN)Greg Gianforte's choke-slam of reporter Ben Jacobs on Wednesday night -- and the ensuing assault charge -- might not cost him a victory in today's Montana special election.
But even if Gianforte wins, Republicans will face a major decision on whether or not to seat him. What's beyond debate is that, according to Jacobs and multiple eyewitnesses, Gianforte grabbed the reporter by the throat and threw him to the ground -- screaming "sick and tired of you guys ... get the hell out of here."
While Gianforte's campaign put out a statement -- ludicrous on its face -- blaming Jacobs for his "aggressive" reporting tactics, the Gallatin County Sheriff's Office decided that the evidence was clear, charging the Montana Republican nominee with misdemeanor assault.
You mean other than you casting a wide net of accusations on repubs? (Of which I'm not, btw)
originally posted by: mOjOm
a reply to: The GUT
I don't see what one has to do with the other. Other than to just try and deflect from the actual topic.
originally posted by: Guyfriday
a reply to: The GUT
I agree, but something that isn't being discussed to much:
"Where's the rest of the recording?"
It seems like the Guardian Reporter, only released the part with the attack, but not the part before the attack. Was this an attempt to frame an unfavorable image of the candidate, was it just sensational journalism, or was this exactly what is being reported? The whole issue seems a little off to me, but I'm not sure why.
To be clear, at no point did any of us who witnessed this assault see Jacobs show any form of physical aggression toward Gianforte,
originally posted by: ketsuko
Acuna is already walking back her euewitness account.
She stated that he grabbed the guy by the neck. This morning? She's not so sure that's what really happened.
Grabbing someone by the neck and throwing them to the ground before you beat them, and grabbing someone on both sides of the collar and throwing them down before you beat them, is not all that different in the greater context.