LISTEN: Audio captures moment US Republican candidate ‘body-slamming’ journalist
A US Republican candidate in Montana’s special congressional election was charged with assault after he allegedly body slammed a journalist Wednesday night.
Greg Gianforte, who was campaigning in Montana, reportedly “body slammed” a political reporter for the British newspaper the Guardian when the journalist asked him about the Republican healthcare plan.
Ben Jacobs said that Gianforte – a tech millionaire endorsed by Donald Trump – broke his glasses and began shouting, “Get the hell out of here.”
“This is the strangest thing that has ever happened to me in reporting on politics,” Jacobs said.
Fox News reporter, Alicia Acuna, witnessed the incident according to an account published on the Fox News website.
Acuna wrote: “Gianforte grabbed Jacobs by the neck with both hands and slammed him into the ground behind him.
“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!’”
Jacobs reported the incident to the police. The county sheriff’s office said on Wednesday it had completed its investigation and that Gianforte had been issued with a charge of misdemeanour assault.