A former minion for the Iowa Democratic Party now operating as a Guardian reporter, Ben Jacobs, assaulted Montana Republican House candidate Greg Gianforte on Wednesday. Jacobs has a history of opposing his political opponents’ freedom of speech, as GotNews reported in October.
Gianforte is competing against Democratic candidate Rob Quist for a House seat that opened up after President Donald J. Trump appointed Ryan Zinke to be secretary of the interior. The special election is Thursday.
A statement about Jacobs’ assault from Greg for Montana campaign spokesperson Shane Scanlon reads:
Tonight, as Greg was giving a separate interview in a private office, The Guardian’s Ben Jacobs entered the office without permission, aggressively shoved a recorder in Greg’s face, and began asking badgering questions. Jacobs was asked to leave. After asking Jacobs to lower the records, Jacobs declined. Greg then attempted to grapb the phone that was pushed in his face. Jacobs then grabbed Greg’s wrist, and spun away from Greg, pushing them both to the ground. It’s unfortunate that this aggressive behavior from a liberal journalist created this scene at our campaign volunteer BBQ.
Jacobs is taking to Twitter to claim, instead, Gianforte assaulted him.
Greg Gianforte just body slammed me and broke my glasses
— Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) May 24, 2017
Unfortunately for Jacobs, eyewitnesses to his unprovoked aggression are already calling him out.
@FoxNews Did NOT happen~I was there~there was a disagreement because the reporter was being extremely aggressive~there was NO body slam. NONE. Period
— Christie (@Alexa__Bella) May 25, 2017
Stay tuned for more.
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