The reporter who was thrown to the ground by Greg Gianforte says the Montana Republican’s account of the incident was almost entirely inaccurate.
Ben Jacobs, a reporter for The Guardian, said he was body-slammed Wednesday by Gianforte while trying to ask him questions about the health care reform bill, but the GOP candidate claimed the “aggressive” and “liberal” reporter was accidentally thrown to the ground during a struggle over his recording device.
The candidate was charged with misdemeanor assault, and Jacobs told ABC’s “Good Morning America” that Gianforte had misrepresented the encounter.
“The only thing in Gianforte’s statement that is factually correct is my name and my place of employment,” Jacobs said.
The reporter denied being the aggressor, as the candidate suggested.
“I never touched or came close to Gianforte,” he said. “It became something that turned on a dime into some type of encounter I never expected to have with a politician, and one that’s very disappointing for what it means to the press and what the role of reporters to ask politicians in the United States.”
The Fox News reporters said Gianforte punched Jacobs after throwing him the ground by his neck with both hands, but the reporter said he couldn’t be sure what had happened.
“I was on the ground at that point, so it was a little bit sudden,” Jacobs said. “I went from being vertical one moment to being horizontal the next.”
He told ABC News he had covered previous Gianforte campaign events but had no history of run-ins with the candidate.
“I think there may have been some discontent with an article by a colleague of mine, but I had no personal interactions with him other than sort of following him around at a couple of campaign stops in Great Falls and Helena,” Jacobs said.
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Sara Netanyahu was found guilty of exploiting the mistake of another person and ordered to pay a fine and compensation, in a deal approved by Jerusalem magistrates' court justice Avital Chen.
Netanyahu was also fined 10,000 shekels ($2,800) and ordered to reimburse the state a further 45,000 shekels, the latter of which she will pay in nine installments, at her request.
What does the Trump administration want from Iran?
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U.S. ally Saudi Arabia, Iran’s regional rival, blamed the Iranian government and called the May attacks “naked aggression.” Saudi King Salman asked the international community to “use all means” to punish Iran.
Virginia Democrats are so fired up that the party chair had to scold them: ‘Sit down — be quiet’
Democrats in Virginia are fired up as they gathered in Richmond for their annual gala dinner.
Political analysts believe the Democratic Party of Virginia has a good chance to win control of the state legislature in 2019's election, before setting their sights on the Commonwealth continuing its recent trend of voting Democratic in presidential elections.
Patrick Wilson, a political reporter for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, attended the event.
He reported that Democrats were so "noisy" that it was hard to hear the speakers, which include presidential candidates Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg.