It was an otherwise slow night when news broke that The Guardian's Ben Jacobs had reportedly been "body-slammed" by Montana Republican Greg Gianforte, a Congressional candidate whose special election is tomorrow.
Twitter soon exploded with stories from the ground, updates on Jacobs' condition after he was taken to the hospital, and analysis of the unfolding events.
"Gianforte didn't want to talk about the CBO score," tweeted The Daily Beast's Matt Lewis. "Nevertheless, he persisted."
"Ben Jacobs broke last month that Gianforte has financial ties to US-sanctioned Russian companies," tweeted MSNBC's Peter Griffin.
Others shared screenshots of Gianforte's press release about the incident, which claimed that Jacobs wasn't "body slammed" and alleged that the reporter, rather than the candidate, committed assault.
Read the best reactions to the alleged "body-slamming" incident below.
Heads up, Montana, the country will be watching tomorrow to see how you respond to Greg Gianforte's actions. What do you value?— Jane Bennett, MBA (@Jane Bennett, MBA)1495673610.0
So the game plan is to lie, dismiss Ben Jacobs as a "liberal reporter," and just count on feckless GOP leaders to d… https://t.co/e1u7wxg4nq— Matt Fuller (@Matt Fuller)1495673693.0
Ya know what doesn't make you a tough guy? Laying hands on a reporter doing their job.— john r stanton (@john r stanton)1495669849.0
In the past two weeks, reporters have been arrested, pinned against a wall, and now body slammed -- all for trying to ask a question.— Michael Calderone (@Michael Calderone)1495672855.0
These damn liberal journalists badgering political candidates for their positions on policies that will affect tens… https://t.co/uORrmo9Hbp— Tim Alberta (@Tim Alberta)1495673629.0
Gianforte is very wealthy -- I hope @Bencjacobs sues the hell out of him.— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@Yashar Ali 🐘)1495673531.0
Reporter: “Greg Gianforte just body slammed me and broke my glasses.” This has to stop. #PressFreedom #Right2Report… https://t.co/G2czF7HWpQ— NewsGuild-CWA (@NewsGuild-CWA)1495672928.0