By Max Bibeau | USA
A Montana judge has sentenced GOP congressman-elect Greg Gianforte to 40 hours of community service, 20 hours of anger management classes, and a mere $385 fine for body slamming a reporter from The Guardian.
The shocking incident occurred when Ben Jacobs, a Guardian journalist questioned Gianforte about his stance on the controversial American Healthcare Act, an issue which Gianforte had been adamantly avoiding for his entire campaign.
In an interview just hours before voting opened in Montana, Jacobs can be heard on tape asking Gianforte for his opinion on the bill. Gianforte responds, saying he will “talk to [him] about that later.” Jacobs persists, stating the obvious fact that there is no more time before the election. Gianforte then tells the reporter to “speak with Shane, please” before body slamming Jacobs, breaking his glasses.
All of this can be clearly heard on the tape. However, Shane Scanlon, the man mentioned in the audio recording, and Gianforte’s spokesperson, gave a different account of the event, saying that “After asking Jacobs to lower the recorder, Jacobs declined. Greg then attempted to grab the phone that was pushed in his face. Jacobs grabbed Greg’s wrist and spun away from Greg, pushing them both to the ground.”
However, even in the face of this event, Greg Gianforte did succeed in the Montana election, holding the single Montana seat in the House of Representatives. This is likely due to Montana’s early voting policy, which led to about half of votes already being cast before the event occurred.
The finals results left Gianforte (R) at 189,473 votes (50.2%), Quist (D) at 166,483 votes (44.1%), and Wicks (L) at 21,509 votes (5.7%).
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