Published: Fri, October 19, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

'My kind of guy': Trump jokes about USA congressman assaulting journalist

'My kind of guy': Trump jokes about USA congressman assaulting journalist

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".

On social media, though, some quickly noted Trump's omission.

The comment comes at the same time as the administration responds to the disappearance and apparent murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Trump continued. "Any guy that can do a bodyslam, he's my kind of guy". Gianforte admitted Jacobs had done nothing wrong.

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In the case of Mr Gianforte, witnesses including members of a Fox News crew say Mr Gianforte became enraged over what he perceived as biased coverage before body-slamming Jacobs, throwing him to the ground and punching him.

Trump said he originally thought the assault - which took place on the eve of his election - might hurt Gianforte's chances.

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Gianforte pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge and was sentenced to 40 hours of community service and 20 hours of anger-management, in addition to the $385 in court fees and fines.

"Then I said, 'Well wait a minute". I know Montana pretty well.

Despite the negative publicity, Gianforte went on to defeat Democrat Rob Quist by six percentage points in the Republican-leaning district.

"The president of the United States tonight applauded the assault on an American journalist who works for the Guardian".

Riyadh is suspected of murdering Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor and USA permanent resident whose writings have been critical of powerful Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

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