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Congressman who body slammed reporter is 'my kind of guy'

Congressman who body slammed reporter is 'my kind of guy'”

Trump was speaking at a rally in Missoula, Mont., where the president was campaigning for a Republican challenger to Sen.

Fox News reporters who witnessed the attack later recalled: "Gianforte grabbed Jacobs by the neck with both hands and slammed him into the ground behind him".

At a Montana rally Thursday night, Trump admitted, "I shouldn't say this", but continued and said, "there's nothing to be embarrassed about".

"This will be an election of (Justice Brett) Kavanaugh, the caravan, law and order and common sense", Trump said.

Adding, "When the president made that joke about Greg Gianforte assaulting Ben Jacobs, I looked over to the crowd [and saw] one Trump supporter doing pro-wrestling moves, doing body slam type gestures in the crowd". Trump added that he predicted the assault would actually help Gianforte's election bid past year, according to The Hill.

"Then I said, 'Well wait a minute, I know Montana pretty well, I think it might help him.' And it did", the president said.

Gianforte pled guilty to a misdemeanor charge of assault and was sentenced to a 180-day deferred sentence, 40 hours of community service, 20 hours of anger management and a $300 fine along with a $85 court fee.

Mr Gianforte, who attended the rally with the President, is up for re-election in November and faces former state legislator Kathleen Williams.

The Guardian US editor John Mulholland took aim at Trump's remarks.

Trump's remarks on Gianforte's assault come amid new evidence surrounding the disappearance of the US-based Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, who is feared to have been brutally killed inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey.



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