Montana GOPโ€™s Gianforte Charged After Body Slam Attack on Reporter

Montana GOPโ€™s Gianforte Charged After Body Slam Attack on ReporterThe Montana Republican candidate for Congress who is accused of body-slamming Ben Jacobs, a reporter for The Guardian, has been issued a citation for misdemeanor assault. Greg Gianforte was making a campaign appearance Thursday when Jacobs asked him a question. โ€œWeโ€™ll talk to you about that later,โ€ Gianforte said, according to an audio recording published at The Guardian. โ€œYeah, but thereโ€™s not going to be time,โ€ Jacobs responded. โ€œIโ€™m just curious about it right now.โ€ Then an altercation takes place, and Jacobs said, โ€œYou just body-slammed me and broke my glasses.โ€ If convicted, Gianforte faces a maximum of six months in jail, in addition to a $500 fine. Fox News reporter Alicia Acuna published her own account of the incident Thursday evening, writing that the tech executive had โ€œgrabbed Jacobs by the neck with both hands and slammed him into the ground behind him.โ€ Acuna added, โ€œI watched in disbelief as Gianforte then began punching the reporter. As Gianforte moved on top of Jacobs, he began yelling something to the effect of, โ€˜I’m sick and tired of this!โ€™โ€ A spokesman for Gianforte issued a statement Wednesday evening claiming that Jacobs incited the violence.