Trump praises United States congressman from Montana who body-slammed reporter

Marsha Scott
October 20, 2018

"You love my hair?" the president said, smiling and pointing to a woman in the audience. The Guardian has also reacted to the news, noting that the USA president had applauded "the assault of an American journalist".

"Let me just say on behalf of all of Montana, Mr. President, thank you for giving us hope again", Gianforte said on Thursday night.

Gianforte attacked Jacobs on the eve of a special election in March 2017 after Jacob asked then-candidate Gianforte about the Congressional Budget Office's report on the Republican health-care bill.

- Katharine Viner (@KathViner) October 19, 2018 The US has slipped two years ago and is in free fall - #Trump now praises a physical assault against a US @guardian reporter, possibly instigating madmen and rulers around the world to do the same and worse.

"Never", Trump said. "Any guy that can do a body slam, he's my kind of guy".

Knox says Trump's praise of Rep. Greg Gianforte (jee-an-FOR'-tay) "amounts to the celebration of a crime by someone sworn to uphold our laws" and an attack on the First Amendment by someone who has pledged to defend it.

Downing Street has indirectly criticised Donald Trump after he praised a Republican congressman for attacking a Guardian reporter, saying any violence or intimidation against journalists was "completely unacceptable".

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Trump has also denied covering for Saudi Arabia over the suspected murder.

Journalists from the US and around the world were quick to express solidarity with the Guardian and condemned Trump's comments as "shocking" and those of a "psychopath".

The conservative columnist, who has evolved into one of Trump's fiercest and most prodigious critics with a scalding column one or twice a day, feels that Trump and his supporters have hit a new low this week.

"In Washington he talks like he's from Montana and he votes like he's Nancy Pelosi", stated President Trump.

Trump said that Gianforte had "nothing to be embarrassed about", imitating the action of slamming someone to the ground.

Nossel added: "During a week when the world is riveted in horror at the brutal murder of a journalist by the Saudi government, Trump's remarks are a chilling reminder that United States global leadership on press freedom has collapsed utterly under the president's watch".

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