Or at least reporters from the Guardian.
Republican Greg Gianforte has won the special election for Montana’s sole U.S. House seat a day after being charged with assaulting a reporter. Gianforte defeated Democrat Rob Quist on Thursday to replace Ryan Zinke, who is now President Donald Trump’s interior secretary.
Gianforte was elected despite being charged with misdemeanor assault on Wednesday after witnesses said he grabbed a reporter for the Guardian newspaper and slammed him to the ground. The multimillionaire technology entrepreneur is an enthusiastic Trump backer, and his victory was seen as an endorsement of Trump.
He must have won pretty handily. None of the AP results report the actual numbers. But all is not well in journo-punching land.
Newly elected Republican congressman Greg Gianforte apologized to the reporter he’s charged with assaulting.
After being declared the winner in the U.S. House race in Montana, Gianforte told supporters Thursday night that he should not have treated Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs the way he did.
Gianforte told the crowd: “I should not have responded the way I did and for that I am sorry.”
Uh oh…. Seriously, everyone to the right of the corpse of Che Guevara really, really, needs to read SJWAL. It is unsurprising, though, how what was previously claimed to be “a barometer on Trump” is suddenly “NOT SO MUCH A TRUMP TEST” now that the Republican won.
Breitbart reported the numbers: Despite all those factors in Democrats’ favor, it seemed that Gianforte’s win was a comfortable one. When The Associated Press called the race, Gianforte was leading Quist by approximately seven points.