Paul Ryan Scolds GOP Congressional Candidate for Body-Slamming Reporter

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan offered moral clarity in response to allegations that a GOP congressional hopeful body-slammed a Guardian reporter on the eve of Montana’s special election.

Greg Gianforte — a businessman turned politician facing off with Democrat Rob Quist in a congressional election Thursday — reportedly grabbed Ben Jacobs by the neck and slammed him to the ground, breaking his glasses, after the reporter asked a question about the AHCA.

Ryan, who spearheaded efforts to pass the Health Care bill in the House, was asked about the Gianforte body-slam in a presser on Thursday:

“First, let me just say, physical altercations, there’s never a call for physical altercations,” Ryan asserted. “There is no time where a physical altercation should occur with the press, or just between human beings.”

“So that is wrong and it should not have happened,” he said.

Ryan also said Gianforte “should apologize,” adding “there’s no call for this, no matter what, under any circumstance.”

When pressed what Ryan plans to do if Gianforte wins the election, he responded, “if he wins, he’s been chosen by the people of Montana,” adding “I’ll let them decide who they want as their representative, that’s not our choice.”

Watch above, via MSNBC.

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