So there’s a lot of chatter and outrage today about Greg Gianforte, the GOP candidate running for the open U.S. House seat in Montana who took his campaign to another level last night when he straight-up body slammed—and broke the glasses of—Ben Jacobs, a political reporter for The Guardian, and then told him to “Get the hell out of here.”
But honestly, we kind of love it. Finally a politician we can trust!
After all, politics is basically pro wrestling, minus the steroids and spandex. Think about it: You’ve got the same kind of grandstanding, the shit talking, the backroom dealing and, more often than not, unsavory characters rising to the top.
And while normally politicians try to screw over reporters they don’t like via social media, Gianforte’s having none of that. Instead, he took matters into his own hands. Literally.
Naturally, one of Gianforte’s hype men, Shane Scanlon, stepped in to offer a comical explanation: “After asking Jacobs to lower the recorder, Jacobs declined. Greg then attempted to grab the phone that was pushed in his face. Jacobs grabbed Greg’s wrist, and spun away from Greg, pushing them both to the ground. It’s unfortunate that this aggressive behavior from a liberal journalist created this scene at our campaign volunteer BBQ.”
Ha! Of course it was at a campaign volunteer BBQ.
Other witnesses gave accounts that painted Gianforte much more in the role of the heel, and the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office issued a citation of misdemeanor assault, which carries a maximum penalty of six months in county jail and a fine of up to $500.
Maxing out the madness, as many as two-thirds of voters have already cast ballots by mail. So there’s a real chance that Gianforte, a tech billionaire, could still win tomorrow’s election.
Here’s hoping he gives his victory speech in knee-high boots and a Speedo.