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Trump Praises Rep. Gianforte For Assaulting Reporter: Anyone Who Can Body Slam is ‘My Kind of Guy’

During a Thursday night rally for Rep. Greg Gianforte (R-MT), President Donald Trump recalled the congressman’s assault of a journalist amid cheers from a supportive crowd.

“We endorsed Greg very early but I had heard that he body slammed a reporter,” Trump said to the Missoula audience as they shouted and clapped. “And he was way up…this was like the day of the election, or just before, and I said, ‘Oh, this is terrible he’s going to lose the election,’ then I said, ‘Wait a minute, I know Montana pretty well, I think it might help him,’ and it did.”

The reporter mentioned was The Guardian‘s Ben Jacobs, who in May 2017 was physically attacked by Gianforte after approaching him with a question on a healthcare bill. The politician eventually pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault and was required to begin anger management classes.

However, that didn’t appear to trouble Trump who praised Gianforte for the crime, stating, “Any guy that can do a body slam — he’s my kind of guy.”

Watch the clips above via C-SPAN2.

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