Sometime tonight (Thursday) after 8:00 p.m. Republican U.S. House candidate Greg Gianforte will probably be declared the winner of Montana’s special U.S. House election.
Some reports say that about two-thirds of the voting was completed by mail or absentee ballot before Gianforte’s incident with a reporter Wednesday night.
If he does hold on to win the seat, Gianforte should decline to take the seat. He should not be seated in Congress. It appears that Gianforte is not suited for the hectic and fast-paced life of running for or holding public office. He lacks the temperament to be a Congressman.
Gianforte is being charged with misdemeanor assault after he allegedly grabbed Ben Jacobs of The Guardian by the neck and then body-slammed him to the ground Wednesday night. The attack was caught on audio by the reporter and ironically it was witnessed by a Fox News team.
Jacobs wanted to get Gianforte’s comments about the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report on the American Health Care Act which is the bill recently passed by the U.S. House. It’s kind of a hot-button issue, but it should not result in a reporter getting punched.
Gianforte’s campaign issued a statement blaming Jacobs. The statement contained a lot of misinformation and was not factual. Fortunately, a Fox News team witnessed the event.
Fox News reporter Alicia Acuna wrote the following account of the alleged assault:
Gianforte grabbed Jacobs by the neck with both hands and slammed him into the ground behind him. Faith, Keith and I watched in disbelief as Gianforte then began punching the reporter. As Gianforte moved on top of Jacobs, he began yelling something to the effect of, “I’m sick and tired of this!”
Acuna also wrote that Jacobs was not the aggressor:
To be clear, at no point did any of us who witnessed this assault see Jacobs show any form of physical aggression toward Gianforte…
You can read the whole report from Fox News HERE.
Fox News and several other news organizations reported that Gianforte is scheduled to appear in Gallatin County Justice Court between Wednesday night and June 7. He would face a maximum $500 fine or six months in jail if convicted.
Gianforte was and still is trending on Twitter. He is the talk of all the political shows. He’s embarrassed the state he wants to represent in Congress.
He should just go away.