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Gianforte Sentenced To Community Service For Assaulting Reporter

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You hate the media. I hate the media. We all hate the media. That doesn’t give you the right to hit them for pissing you off.

Holly K. Michels at The Missoulian reports from Bozeman, MT:

Republican congressman-elect Greg Gianforte admitted a charge of misdemeanor assault this morning for “body slamming” a reporter on the eve of his election.

“I just want to say I’m sorry,” Gianforte told Ben Jacobs, the reporter for the Guardian that he assaulted in Bozeman at a campaign event about 24 hours before polls closed on May 24.

According to Whitney Bermes of the Bozeman Chronicle, here was Gianforte’s sentence:

I wish it hadn’t happened in the first place, but I’m glad Gianforte owned up to it. He could’ve fought it, could’ve painted himself as the victim of the lamestream media and so forth, but he came clean. That’s to his credit.

Now he just needs to work on his anger management. Every reporter he meets from now on is going to try to provoke the same reaction. We’ll see how he does.