Republican Greg Gianforte ran in a special election in Montana for the vacated seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Gianforte won the election despite a major altercation the night before.
Just hours before the polls open to the public, Gianforte was in hot water after body slamming a reporter in front of a room full of people. A Fox News crew was on scene and witnessed the incident.
"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 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," said Alicia Acuna, who was in the room at the time."
"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 reporter. As Gianforte moved on top of Jacobs, he began yelling something to the effect of, "I'm sick and tired of this!" she continued.
Soon after, Ben Jacobs took to Twitter to write "Greg Gianforte just body slammed me and broke my glasses."
Now, Gianforte has apologized and pledged to give $50,000 to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).
"I write to express my sincere apology for my conduct on the evening of May 24," Gianforte wrote in an email to Jacobs, a reporter for the Guardian, which first reported on Gianforte's attempt to reconcile. He was alleged to have "body-slammed" Jacobs and broken his glasses after being asked about his stance on healthcare.
"My physical response to your legitimate question was unprofessional, unacceptable, and unlawful. Notwithstanding anyone's statements to the contrary, you did not initiate any physical contact with me, and I had no right to assault you," Gianforte continued. "I take full responsibility."
What do you think about this? Did this just ruin his run for the election? Would you vote for a man who did this?