Trump Praises Montana Congressman for Body Slamming Reporter

Trump Praises Montana Congressman for Body Slamming Reporter

Trump Praises Montana Congressman for Body Slamming Reporter

During his Thursday night Montana rally, President Donald Trump praised Republican Rep. Greg Gianforte for assaulting a reporter- even while we are in the midst of unanswered question about missing Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. "Any guy that can do a body slam, he's my kind of...he's my guy", Trump told the Missoula crowd.

The congressman later apologized for his actions and was sentenced to a 180-day deferred sentence, 40 hours of community service, 20 hours of anger management and a US$300 fine along with an $85 court fee.

This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

Donald Trump kicked off a western tour in Montana on Thursday ostensibly to support Matt Rosendale as he attempts to unseat Sen.

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

President Donald Trump on Thursday heaped praise on a United States congressman from Montana who body-slammed a reporter during a campaign for a special election in 2017. "And he was way up ... and I said - this is like the day of the election - I said, oh this is bad, he's gonna lose the election...."

The confrontation occurred in May 2017, one day before Gianforte won a special election for Montana's sole seat in the House of Representatives. "Never", Trump said at a campaign rally in Montana. Faith, Keith and I watched in disbelief as Gianforte then began punching the reporter.

He said the incident "runs the risk of inviting other assaults on journalists", coming at the same time as the alleged killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. But it is not unreasonable to see how President Trump's constant harangue of "fake news" and dismissing the press as "enemy of the people" debases the fourth estate.

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