by William Skink
Tomorrow is the last day to vote in Montana’s Special Election. With time ticking away, and leading in the polls, all Gianforte has to do is not assault a reporter from the Guardian.
Montana’s Special Election has just entered the last 24 hours, and tomorrow is sure to be a cacophony of political noise. The accusation from the Guardian’s Ben Jacobs that Gianforte body-slammed him to the ground is erupting across social media.
And yet, somehow, even with this alleged violent outburst, I still don’t think Rob Quist is going to pull this off.
UPDATE: Eye witness account reporting the assault as more than just a body slam:
During that conversation, another man — who we now know is Ben Jacobs of The Guardian — walked into the room with a voice recorder, put it up to Gianforte’s face and began asking if him if he had a response to the newly released Congressional Budget Office report on the American Health Care Act. Gianforte told him he would get to him later. Jacobs persisted with his question. Gianforte told him to talk to his press guy, Shane Scanlon.
At that point, Gianforte grabbed Jacobs by the neck with both hands and slammed him into the ground behind him. Faith, Keith and I watched in disbelief as Gianforte then began punching the man, as he moved on top the reporter and began yelling something to the effect of “I’m sick and tired of this!”