A reporter said he was physically assaulted by Republican Congressional candidate Greg Gianforte on Wednesday, a day before Montana residents could vote him into office.
“Greg Gianforte just body slammed me and broke my glasses,” tweeted Ben Jacobs, a reporter with The Guardian, who was covering a Gianforte campaign event.
In an audio recording of the incident, captured by the reporter, Jacobs can be heard pressing Gianforte to comment on a Congressional Budget Office evaluation of the American Health Care Act released earlier Wednesday.
Then, a loud crash.
“I’m sick and tired of you guys,” Gianforte can be heard shouting. “The last time you came in here you did the same thing. Get the hell out of here.”
The altercation took place at Gianforte’s campaign headquarters in Bozeman, Montana.
“You just body-slammed me and broke my glasses,” Jacobs says.
“Get the hell out of here,” Gianforte says again.
Jacobs described the incident to
“He took me to the ground,” Jacobs said by phone from the back of an ambulance, according to The Guardian. “This is the strangest thing that has ever happened to me in reporting on politics.”
Gallatin County sheriff Brian Gootkin confirmed to the Guardian that his department was “currently investigating” the incident and declined to comment further.
Photos posted to social media showed police vehicles and an ambulance on the scene.Jacobs reportedly filed a report with Bozeman police.
Buzzfeed’s Alexis Levinson, who was at the campaign event, said she heard a “giant crash” from behind partially closed doors and “saw Ben’s feet fly in the air as he hit the floor.” SOURCE