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Missoula, MN - Trump Praises Montana Congressman Who Body-slammed Reporter

Published on: October 19, 2018 09:56 AM
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Rep. Greg Gianforte, R-Mont., is greeted on stage by President Donald Trump during a campaign rally at Minuteman Aviation Hangar, Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, in Missoula, Mont. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)Rep. Greg Gianforte, R-Mont., is greeted on stage by President Donald Trump during a campaign rally at Minuteman Aviation Hangar, Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, in Missoula, Mont. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Missoula, MN - President Donald Trump praised a Republican congressman for body-slamming a reporter last year, calling him a “tough cookie” and saying he thinks it might have helped him win election in Montana.

At a campaign rally in Missoula Thursday, Trump lauded Rep. Greg Gianforte, who pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault for an attack on Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs. The attack came a day before Gianforte won a 2017 special election to serve the remaining 18 months in the House term vacated by now-Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.

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“Any guy that can do a body slam — he’s my kind of guy,” Trump said to cheers and laughter from the crowd. “He’s a great guy, tough cookie.”

His remarks praising Gianforte come amid an international furor over the apparent assassination of a Washington Post columnist, who, according to an account in Turkey’s Yeni Safak newspaper, allegedly had his fingers cut off and was decapitated inside a Saudi consulate in Istanbul two weeks ago.

In the case of Gianforte, witnesses including members of a Fox News crew say Gianforte became enraged over what he perceived as biased coverage before body-slamming Jacobs, throwing him to the ground and punching him.

Gianforte initially misled investigators about what had happened, falsely claiming that Jacobs had grabbed him by the wrist and pulled both of them to the floor, according to documents released under a court order following requests from news agencies.

The president said he was in Rome with other world leaders when he heard about what had happened.

“And I said, oh, this is terrible. He’s going to lose the election,” Trump recalled. “And then I said, well, wait a minute. I know Montana pretty well. I think it might help him. And it did.”

Gianforte pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge in June 2017 and said in an apology letter that he alone was responsible for the attack. He paid a $385 fine and completed 40 hours of community service and 20 hours of anger management counseling. He also donated $50,000 to the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Trump referenced Gianforte again later in the rally when discussing former Vice President Joe Biden, who once said he would “beat the hell out of” Trump if they were in high school.

On Biden challenging him to a fight, Trump said, “He’d be down, faster than Greg would take him down.”

Gianforte, who attended the rally with the president, is up for re-election in November and faces former state legislator Kathleen Williams. The president’s next stop on his three-day trip out West is Arizona.



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 Oct 19, 2018 at 10:10 AM Anonymous Says:

That's your President, and your GOP rabosai...shep nachus!

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 Oct 19, 2018 at 10:21 AM Pa-lease! Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

That's your President, and your GOP rabosai...shep nachus!

Fake News and you fell for it...

What the Prez said was “Any guy that can do a body slam — he’s my kind of guy”.. It has nothing to do with the headlines...Trump Praises Montana Congressman Who Body-slammed Reporter'. The truth is the headline is purposely misleading.. He did praise the Congressman, but not for anything to do with the reporter... and it was obviously said lightly, as a joke.. What a (O')bumer!

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 Oct 19, 2018 at 10:13 AM Aron1 Says:

There's just no bottom to how low this National Embarrassment can sink. I don't care about all of his "accomplishments" - Mussolini was famous for keeping the trains running on time.
Mussolini was also famous for being one of the most well known fascists.

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 Oct 19, 2018 at 10:31 AM Moose Says:

Why is Biden promoting violence?
Oh he’s a democrat.
Nothing to see here. Move along.

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 Oct 19, 2018 at 10:43 AM Realy... Says:

Reply to #3  
Aron1 Says:

There's just no bottom to how low this National Embarrassment can sink. I don't care about all of his "accomplishments" - Mussolini was famous for keeping the trains running on time.
Mussolini was also famous for being one of the most well known fascists.

So the fact the US economy is doing great, unemployment is up, Army morale is up, Israel is being treated fairly, etc., etc. is not important to you?

Were you happier having the silky smooth Anti-USA, Anti-Israel - Obumer in the White House, with all the "National Pride' he brought us??
S_E_R_I_O_U_S_L_Y?

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 Oct 19, 2018 at 10:56 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #2  
Pa-lease! Says:

Fake News and you fell for it...

What the Prez said was “Any guy that can do a body slam — he’s my kind of guy”.. It has nothing to do with the headlines...Trump Praises Montana Congressman Who Body-slammed Reporter'. The truth is the headline is purposely misleading.. He did praise the Congressman, but not for anything to do with the reporter... and it was obviously said lightly, as a joke.. What a (O')bumer!

The president is a chronic liar, denigrates people, has broken his marriage vows and wait till he pushes for a 2 state solution.

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 Oct 19, 2018 at 11:09 AM Anonymous Says:

Luckily he did not cut him up in pieces. Reporters uncover the presidents lies, ignorance about international affairs and duplicity

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 Oct 19, 2018 at 11:12 AM favish Says:

aron
Ah, B"H what mazel we have with such a Tough President ..now were prouder than ever to be USA citizen! When we see such apikorsim like Anon 1, pauline , Hashomer, katean hador etc etc who always defend anti torah laws like metzitzeh, tznious on busses, shechita, miaskav zochor and hate our president (BY the way , you shkotzim who always bandi torah when it suits you ..too much to mention) do you know you have to speak with respect regarding a leader of a country (see what G_D told moshe rabbeinu to speak with respect to pharoh parshes shemos see rashi(ask your local ehrlicher yid who that is...huh, this you dont like , eh well there's is no free speech in torah)..
Hashem yismor if that witch hillary wouldve won. anon 1&co; you and your communist party...remember,,, 'jews' like you braught the calamity of Communism' that killed millions and millions , and tried to obliterae judaism , godliness on this earth..well young man it will not happen...the alternate to republicans is communism which is also vilent forceful take over , what your kind has prooven...eg..sanders in restaurant,, senaters, representitves etc cruz etc who are harrassed and threatened.

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 Oct 19, 2018 at 11:18 AM Realistic Says:

Reply to #5  
Realy... Says:

So the fact the US economy is doing great, unemployment is up, Army morale is up, Israel is being treated fairly, etc., etc. is not important to you?

Were you happier having the silky smooth Anti-USA, Anti-Israel - Obumer in the White House, with all the "National Pride' he brought us??
S_E_R_I_O_U_S_L_Y?

Hitler also fixed Germany's economic problem, he actually ran on an economic message.

Would you of been happy with him, since his economy was doing great?

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 Oct 19, 2018 at 12:02 PM heimish770 Says:

The most infamous floor brawl in the history of the U.S. House of Representatives erupted as Members debated the Kansas Territory’s pro-slavery Lecompton Constitution late into the night of February 5-6. Shortly before 2 a.m., Pennsylvania Republican Galusha Grow and South Carolina Democrat Laurence Keitt exchanged insults, then blows. “In an instant the House was in the greatest possible confusion,” the Congressional Globe reported. More than 30 Members joined the melee. Northern Republicans and Free Soilers joined ranks against Southern Democrats. Speaker James Orr, a South Carolina Democrat, gaveled furiously for order and then instructed Sergeant-at-Arms Adam J. Glossbrenner to arrest noncompliant Members. Wading into the “combatants,” Glossbrenner held the House Mace high to restore order. Wisconsin Republicans John “Bowie Knife” Potter and Cadwallader Washburn ripped the hairpiece from the head of William Barksdale, a Democrat from Mississippi. The melee dissolved into a chorus of laughs and jeers, but the sectional nature of the fight powerfully symbolized the nation’s divisions. When the House reconvened two days later, a coalition of Northern Republicans and Free Soilers n

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 Oct 19, 2018 at 12:29 PM Secular Says:

Sanctimonious hypocrites:

How is this for headline:

Democrats praise man who drown pregnant woman in the river ... (Kennedy)

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 Oct 19, 2018 at 12:58 PM Farakahan says Says:

He's a termite

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 Oct 19, 2018 at 01:45 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #2  
Pa-lease! Says:

Fake News and you fell for it...

What the Prez said was “Any guy that can do a body slam — he’s my kind of guy”.. It has nothing to do with the headlines...Trump Praises Montana Congressman Who Body-slammed Reporter'. The truth is the headline is purposely misleading.. He did praise the Congressman, but not for anything to do with the reporter... and it was obviously said lightly, as a joke.. What a (O')bumer!

Please moichal me...I understood "Any guy that can do a body slam — he’s my kind of guy"...“He’s a great guy, tough cookie” to be real; praise...man, what could I have been thinking?

You are making excuses for the inexcusable.

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 Oct 19, 2018 at 01:53 PM AmYisroel Says:

Reply to #3  
Aron1 Says:

There's just no bottom to how low this National Embarrassment can sink. I don't care about all of his "accomplishments" - Mussolini was famous for keeping the trains running on time.
Mussolini was also famous for being one of the most well known fascists.

scumbag it was your messiah the obamanation who had a christmas bauble on the white house christmas tree of the worlds biggest mass murder mao tse dung it was the obamanation who loved every commie fascist dictator he met from the ayotollah to erdogan and from chavez to castro

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 Oct 19, 2018 at 01:55 PM democrats are evil Says:

Reply to #9  
Realistic Says:

Hitler also fixed Germany's economic problem, he actually ran on an economic message.

Would you of been happy with him, since his economy was doing great?

typical sick deranged slimeball comparing Trump to hitler
Trump is the most pro israel president in memory unlike your messiah the ayatollah tuches kisser scum

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 Oct 19, 2018 at 02:07 PM Aron1 Says:

Reply to #11  
Secular Says:

Sanctimonious hypocrites:

How is this for headline:

Democrats praise man who drown pregnant woman in the river ... (Kennedy)

I usually try to avoid addressing nonsensical comments, but I'll make an exception.
1. The Kennedy incident was accidental; Gianforte's body-slam was not.
2. Many people praised Kennedy until the day he died - but NOBODY ever praised him for his involvement in the accidental death of Mary Jo Kopechny.
The National Embarrassment actually praised a criminal for his deliberate criminal act.

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 Oct 19, 2018 at 02:15 PM favish Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

That's your President, and your GOP rabosai...shep nachus!

nothiin compared to your hillary witch, obama comunist etc and thats what counts not your babyish irrelavent idiocy like he called M13 animals...what mentel retard communist pelosi. she says 'how can you call a human image of g-d animal' unbelieveable 'sniff sniff' , all of a sudden shes religious the same torah with image of g-s says homois forbidden . By the way when one sins he loses that image . Back to our great PRESIDENT TRUMP, MAY G_D protect him, he retuned respect for military, police respect for our country even when diagreeing.
on reporters, they deserve the worst. they run after, harass etc etc liker a bunch of wild dogs. foxs and make ones live misrable. and dont give us no story that a public servant has to put up with this and shouldve known .. yeah like going into a restaurant with fam ...only by reshoim like you its ok

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 Oct 19, 2018 at 02:24 PM favish Says:

Reply to #6  
Anonymous Says:

The president is a chronic liar, denigrates people, has broken his marriage vows and wait till he pushes for a 2 state solution.

couldnt care less what he did in private 20 years ago. your not better .what did you do in your co-ed place you spent, Learned??)while we're at it, same to all..pelosi, brooker or anyone...'ein apotropos l'aroyous' chulin 10 b (?)This PRES G_D bless him picked up USA not likre that communist idiot planet of the .. obama...'CITIZENS of the world...' in one of his idiotic first speeches. WE SHOULD BENTCH GOMEL THAT WITCH HILLARY DIDN WIN. At least that agree...

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 Oct 19, 2018 at 02:28 PM favish Says:

Reply to #3  
Aron1 Says:

There's just no bottom to how low this National Embarrassment can sink. I don't care about all of his "accomplishments" - Mussolini was famous for keeping the trains running on time.
Mussolini was also famous for being one of the most well known fascists.

anon 1
you also hate the torah laws we expouse on this site eg homo, mtzitze but it goes together with your Trump hate...also see #8 middle in regard how one has to speak about a leader....

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 Oct 19, 2018 at 02:34 PM favish Says:

Reply to #3  
Aron1 Says:

There's just no bottom to how low this National Embarrassment can sink. I don't care about all of his "accomplishments" - Mussolini was famous for keeping the trains running on time.
Mussolini was also famous for being one of the most well known fascists.

And whats so low? Reporters deserve worse....
By the way PRES TRUMP is national pride.Anong tens of things , made us feel proud again to be USA citizen not like you communist organizer O-BUMa who went around kneeling and bowing to all these despots, saudi, pope etcetc 'CITIZENS of the world' that jerk announced. By comparing him to that Italian shous how drunk hatred ypu have for such a super, super PRES...more brain dead you cant get

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 Oct 19, 2018 at 02:37 PM Anonymous Says:

You got to fight fire with fire.

He is not different than the Antifa Nazi which the liberal media gives a free pass to.

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 Oct 19, 2018 at 03:00 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #5  
Realy... Says:

So the fact the US economy is doing great, unemployment is up, Army morale is up, Israel is being treated fairly, etc., etc. is not important to you?

Were you happier having the silky smooth Anti-USA, Anti-Israel - Obumer in the White House, with all the "National Pride' he brought us??
S_E_R_I_O_U_S_L_Y?

S E R I O U S L Y? US economy is great? For billionaires. For us plain Yiden the price of gasoline is up 35% in 2 years and the Mortgage is up 25% Even Clothing and other consumer good started to go up. I have no idea of the Price of Mega Yachts or whatever you talking about. Army morale? You are on a wrong blog budy. This is an orthodox Jewish Vosizneias. No one is the army and no one cares.The army ? Sending money to the Germans? Korea? S E R I O U S L Y? We would much rather if they give it to us.

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 Oct 19, 2018 at 03:03 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #15  
democrats are evil Says:

typical sick deranged slimeball comparing Trump to hitler
Trump is the most pro israel president in memory unlike your messiah the ayatollah tuches kisser scum

"Pro Israel" Hm?? What does that exactly mean. Pro Neturei Karte and other deranged who vote Trump? 80% of Israel (and the Jews in General) are not frum liberals etc who vote Democrat/Hillary Obama and as yesterday was discussed are aganst TRump. Please be specific when you say Pro Israel. Most Generals in Israel agreed with Obama not Trump. If you dont explain we assume ISRAEL to you and other TRUMPISTS means Satmaer/NK

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 Oct 19, 2018 at 03:07 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #15  
democrats are evil Says:

typical sick deranged slimeball comparing Trump to hitler
Trump is the most pro israel president in memory unlike your messiah the ayatollah tuches kisser scum

Really? My guy embargoed Iran. Your Messiah kissed the Saudis doing business with them after what they did 9/11 and made sure his first visit was Saudi Arabia. He openly states his Friends are Putin,NoKorea and the Saudis. Only a "deranged slimeball" will protect a POTUS who visit the Muslims who committed 9/11.

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 Oct 19, 2018 at 03:42 PM Love Trump Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

That's your President, and your GOP rabosai...shep nachus!

We do, libtard!

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 Oct 19, 2018 at 03:43 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #3  
Aron1 Says:

There's just no bottom to how low this National Embarrassment can sink. I don't care about all of his "accomplishments" - Mussolini was famous for keeping the trains running on time.
Mussolini was also famous for being one of the most well known fascists.

Yoni, it seems you’re still smarting from your 2016 loss after guaranteeing us Hilary would win! Perhaps therapy might help?

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 Oct 19, 2018 at 04:39 PM favish Says:

Reply to #23  
Anonymous Says:

Really? My guy embargoed Iran. Your Messiah kissed the Saudis doing business with them after what they did 9/11 and made sure his first visit was Saudi Arabia. He openly states his Friends are Putin,NoKorea and the Saudis. Only a "deranged slimeball" will protect a POTUS who visit the Muslims who committed 9/11.

ANA-1 ? FINNALLY your embarassed to use your name...Lets hear alreadty whats good about your hillary witch...can you name alt lease one PRES, politician, ant human being who didnt lie including you, mr holy

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 Oct 19, 2018 at 04:50 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #22  
Anonymous Says:

S E R I O U S L Y? US economy is great? For billionaires. For us plain Yiden the price of gasoline is up 35% in 2 years and the Mortgage is up 25% Even Clothing and other consumer good started to go up. I have no idea of the Price of Mega Yachts or whatever you talking about. Army morale? You are on a wrong blog budy. This is an orthodox Jewish Vosizneias. No one is the army and no one cares.The army ? Sending money to the Germans? Korea? S E R I O U S L Y? We would much rather if they give it to us.

Yoni stop your nonsense, your rhetoric is nauseating.
You spew the same nonsense day after day. If this was Obama he would be the greatest thing since sliced bread. The frum community is doing quite fine.

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 Oct 19, 2018 at 06:01 PM AmYisroel Says:

Reply to #22  
Anonymous Says:

"Pro Israel" Hm?? What does that exactly mean. Pro Neturei Karte and other deranged who vote Trump? 80% of Israel (and the Jews in General) are not frum liberals etc who vote Democrat/Hillary Obama and as yesterday was discussed are aganst TRump. Please be specific when you say Pro Israel. Most Generals in Israel agreed with Obama not Trump. If you dont explain we assume ISRAEL to you and other TRUMPISTS means Satmaer/NK

Let's see scumbag
Recognizing Jerusalem as capital moving embassy there stopping funding in anti Israel orginazations downgrading plo mission in Washington sanctioning Iran unlike the obamanation effectively voted in un that kosel was occupied Palestinian territory upgraded plo mission removed sanction from iran and shipped over 1.4 billion dollars and unfroze over 100 billion more to use to fund the murder of Jews in israel and never missed an oppurtunity to publicly attack israel for announcing the building of some houses democrats are anti israel scum

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