|Montana Rep. Greg Gianforteand President Trump|
He knows how to get the emotional juices of the masses stirred up.
Trump on Thursday evening praised Montana Rep. Greg Gianforte for physically assaulting a reporter on the eve of a special election last year, reports Roll Call.
Addressing a rally in Missoula on his third trip to Montana this year, Trump at first only alluded to the 2017 incident. “Never wrestle him,” he said after calling Gianforte onstage, according to Roll Call.
And then he said, "Any guy who can do a body slam — he’s my guy,” Trump said to loud cheers.
Here's the original body slam.
In a statement, the Guardian US editor, John Mulholland, said:
The president of the United States tonight applauded the assault on an American journalist who works for the Guardian. To celebrate an attack on a journalist who was simply doing his job is an attack on the first amendment by someone who has taken an oath to defend it.
In the aftermath of the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, it runs the risk of inviting other assaults on journalists both here and across the world where they often face far greater threats. We hope decent people will denounce these comments and that the president will see fit to apologize for them.