Montana GOP’s Gianforte Charged After Body Slam Attack on Reporter

Montana GOP’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. β€œWe’ll talk to you about that later,” Gianforte said, according to an audio recording published at The Guardian. β€œYeah, but there’s not going to be time,” Jacobs responded. β€œI’m just curious about it right now.” Then an altercation takes place, and Jacobs said, β€œYou just body-slammed me and broke my glasses.” 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 β€œgrabbed Jacobs by the neck with both hands and slammed him into the ground behind him.” Acuna added, β€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, β€˜I’m sick and tired of this!’” A spokesman for Gianforte issued a statement Wednesday evening claiming that Jacobs incited the violence.