Published: Fri, May 26, 2017
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Montana newspapers withdraw Gianforte endorsement following alle - | Continuous News

Gianforte later apologized for the comment, but the threat was clear. They close Thursday night at 8 p.m. local time (10 p.m. ET).

The assault on a political reporter who prosecutors say was attacked by a Montana congressional candidate Wednesday night was, in some ways, the predictable outcome of a disturbing turn in American politics that accelerated with the rise of Donald Trump.

Republican lawmakers criticized Gianforte but stopped short of asking him to withdraw from the race.

Gootkin apologized to reporters for not mentioning during a press conference on Wednesday that he made a campaign contribution to Gianforte in March, and said he does not agree with calls for another agency to handle the investigation. "There's no call for this, no matter what, under any circumstance".

He said: "I'm going to let the people of Montana decide who they want as their representative".

When Jacobs says there won't be time, Gianforte says "Just-" and there is a crashing sound.

Jacobs was trying to ask Gianforte about healthcare, according to an audio tape captured by the British newspaper's correspondent.

Ben Jacobs, a reporter for the Guardian US, said he was thrown to the floor by Greg Gianforte on Wednesday evening when he tried to ask the candidate about the Republican health care repeal bill.

In Washington and NY and Twitter, Gianforte's alleged assault has been spun into the familiar national narratives: Did Donald Trump's rhetorical attacks on reporters enable this event?

"I'm sick and exhausted of you guys", Gianforte can be heard saying in the audio tape.

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The result: A trip to the emergency room for Jacobs, who needed X-rays - and a misdemeanor charge for Gianforte. "Get the hell out of here".

Greg Gianforte is running in a May 25 special election to fill Montana's single congressional seat.

A steady stream of people flowed into Lewis and Clark Library polling place in Helena, Montana, to vote on Thursday afternoon.

“Get the hell out of here, ” Gianforte says. Not that you should ever assault anyone (Gianforte has been officially charged with assault by the police), but most people would think twice before strangling someone, body slamming them, and then jumping on them and repeatedly punching their face - in front of witnesses.

Republicans, facing a struggle to hold the House in 2018 mid-term elections, are watching the race closely to see whether Gianforte can win a rural state that gave Trump a 20-point victory, or he becomes a canary in a political coal mine, the first casualty in a revolt against an unpopular president.

Ben Jacobs told ABC's "Good Morning America" that he was doing his job and asking a question of candidate Greg Gianforte as part of covering Thursday's special election. Gianforte has been ordered to appear in court by June 7.

If convicted, he would face a maximum fine of 500 USA dollars (£385) or six months in jail. And indeed, Montana's top three newspapers promptly rescinded their endorsements of Gianforte.

At a diner in Helena, Montana, some customers expressed dismay over the incident. Perhaps so, but I remain opposed to early voting because it dilutes the way in which election day represents a concrete collective decision of one electoral body based on the same temporal information.

After the incident happened, a Montana voter approached CNN reporter Kyung Lah.

At the scene, Gootkin said Gianforte was cooperative after the alleged assault.

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