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Trump Praising Congressman’s Assault of Reporter Draws Outrage: ‘He’s Giving a Thumbs Up to Saudi Arabia’

Responding to President Donald Trump‘s praise of Rep. Greg Gianforte‘s (R-MT) attack on a reporter, Twitter immediately took note, with some criticizing the commander in chief’s jokes about the criminal offense.

During his Thursday night rally speech in Missoula, Trump referenced the May 2017 assault of Guardian journalist Ben Jacobs, which occurred when he asked the politician about a healthcare bill. Contending that the act of aggression helped Gianforte win his congressional seat, Trump said, “Any guy that can do a body slam…he’s my guy.”

Trump did not, however, note Gianforte eventually pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and was mandated to attend anger management classes, along with having to fork over payment for a fine.

On social media, though, some quickly noted Trump’s omission.

Other Twitter users expressed shock, one even calling Trump’s comments akin to “a thumbs up to Saudi Arabia” following its suspected murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Check out some of reactions below:


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