Social media’s in a whirlwind after a Montana congressional candidate allegedly body slammed a reporter Wednesday night, just hours before the polls open for the special election.
But it’s who the left is blaming that has conservatives scratching their heads.
Clip via KTVH
Audio was released that appears to indicate an altercation between Republican U.S. House candidate Greg Gianforte and Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs. Although some scuffling and shouting can be heard, Gianforte denies that he body-slammed Jacobs.
After the event the reporter tweeted:
Greg Gianforte just body slammed me and broke my glasses
— Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) May 24, 2017
Although the reporter didn’t sound winded or in distress after the disturbance, BuzzFeed’s Blake Montgomery reported that the full range of first responders were called to the scene — fire, ambulance and law enforcement.
The Montana Air National Guard apparently wasn’t available.
Ambulance, sheriff, fire department at Greg Gianforte’s event, where a Guardian reporter was allegedly body slammed by Gianforte pic.twitter.com/bty4EAVSHh
— Blake Montgomery (@blakersdozen) May 24, 2017
Montgomery added that the extent of Jacobs’ injuries — if any — were unknown, and that police were calling it an “ongoing investigation.” Nevertheless, people were ready to string Gianforte up.
@Kathysminerva @blakersdozen Because he is white and powerful
— Wendy Garcia (@IntoRainbowz) May 25, 2017
But most surprisingly, it didn’t take any time at all for people on Twitter — and even the major networks — to blame the incident on President Trump.
Anyone thinking Trump’s hateful rhetoric abt our press has nothing to do w/ Greg Gianforte assaulting a reporter is sadly mistaken. #Montana
— Bill Madden (@activist360) May 25, 2017
Donald Trump is under investigation by the FBI. Greg Gianforte just beat up a reporter. Ladies and gentlemen, your 2016 Republican Party.
— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) May 25, 2017
It took all of one minute for @JoeNBC to blame the Greg Gianforte thing on Trump.
— Jazz Shaw (@JazzShaw) May 25, 2017
Don Lemon is a fucking hack, was blaming Trump for the Greg Gianforte attack. As if Trump raised Gianforte’s hands to punch the reporter.
— Oliver West (@OliverWest100) May 25, 2017
Trump issues statement on Gianforte assault: “I taught him everything he knows.” pic.twitter.com/n1RZpFiIpl
— Candy Kirby (@candykirby) May 25, 2017
Pence and Trump did robocalls for Gianforte. Did you know they’re illegal in Montana?
— Karoli (@Karoli) May 25, 2017
Don Lemon and Paris Dennard have a VERY heated discussion about what role Donald Trump’s anti-media language played in Gianforte’s assault. pic.twitter.com/bY0rgsbdoM
— Nathan McDermott (@natemcdermott) May 25, 2017
A few months ago the Montana special election, held to replace former Rep. Ryan Zinke after his appointment as Interior Secretary, appeared be a shoe-in for the Republican Party.
It now appears to be a real nail-biter causing GOP leaders to hold their breath.
NEW: GOP on edge over Montana election https://t.co/KHUTt4wwgK pic.twitter.com/yCd32XmmJJ
— The Hill (@thehill) May 25, 2017
The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Department cited Gianforte with simple misdemeanor assault following its investigation, KTVH reported.
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