On May 24th, Greg Gianforte, the Republican candidate for Montana's Congressional seat, allegedly 'body slammed' a reporter from The Guardian after being asked questions about his support for the AHCA. The story was confirmed by The Guardian and Fox News who were both present for the alleged attack. Gianforte has been charged with misdemeanor assault.
The special congressional election is today, and it is unclear how this will impact the outcome of the race which was already looking to be very close between Gianforte and Democrat Rob Quist. But one thing is for certain: The Internet doesn't look like they are forgiving him any time soon.
People are already turning the attack into mock political ads.
Paul Ryan is not going to comment on the tweet-or-bodyslam-of-the-moment.— Brian Beutler (@brianbeutler) May 25, 2017
If this whole Congress thing doesn't work out for Gianforte, I'm sure United is hiring.— Gabe Ortíz (@TUSK81) May 25, 2017
I don't agree with Greg Gianforte's violent act, but i don't want to see Quist win with an asterisk, so he should also body slam Ben Jacobs.— maple cocaine (@historyinflicks) May 25, 2017
2004: Howard Dean yelled kinda weird at a rally? Done— Patrick Monahan (@pattymo) May 25, 2017
2017: Gianforte chokeslammed a reporter the day before the election? Still in it, baby
Imagine always being one Guardian reporter question about a CBO score away from violent assault. Bruce Banner had to live like this.— pourmecoffee (@pourmecoffee) May 25, 2017
Not a single journalist complained when Obama would bodyslam them— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) May 25, 2017