Republican Gianforte Wins Montana House Seat, Apologizes After Assault Charge

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - A last-minute assault charge against a congressional candidate jolted many people in the nation who were viewing the election Thursday as a referendum on President Donald Trump's young administration. We shouldn't be surprised, then, when a Trump acolyte like Greg Gianforte decides to use force to try to shut up one of these "enemies". The Associated Press called the race at 10:30 p.m. Libertarian Mark Wicks had the remaining 6 percent.

Gianforte was charged with misdemeanor assault after Ben Jacobs, a political correspondent for the US edition of the Guardian newspaper, said the candidate "body-slammed" him during a campaign event in Bozeman.

Regardless of the victor, the specter of a June court date for Gianforte was a humiliating coda for Republicans at a hard moment.

The newspapers' disavowal and Gianforte's conduct so late in the race may not affect the outcome because many Montanans have already voted early or via absentee ballot.

In the end, though, it was Gianforte's personal conduct that put Quist within reach of a come-from-behind victory. "That is the Montana way".

"Last night I learned a lesson.I need to share something from my heart here", Gianforte said. "I'm not proud of what happened". "I should not have responded in the way that I did, and for that I'm sorry". The reporter, Ben Jacobs of The Gaurdian, was asking Gianforte for his reaction to the CBO score of the House health care bill. Trump Jr. stumped for Gianforte in April with a return visit to the Big Sky state this May. Jacobs works out of Washington, D.C., for the Guardian, a daily newspaper published in the United Kingdom. Polls thus far have shown Gianforte with a single-digit lead over Quist. Some 83 percent of adults said "the relationship between Trump and the media is generally unhealthy", and almost three-quarters said that the tensions are "getting in the way of Americans' access to important political news". Gianforte, who was charged with assault on Wednesday, is running against Democrat Rob Quist. You must continue to be involved.

Gianforte must appear in court by June 7 on the misdemeanor charge, which carries a maximum penalty of six months in jail and a $500 fine.

"This doesn't strike me as something that is going to fade away and I think he will be under intense pressure to resign". "I don't know that he quite has the fortitude to weather this and pull it off".

The Montana election has drawn the interest of partisans as the seat is one of the first Congressional battles since Trump took office. Gianforte earned 20,066 votes in Flathead County, or 57 percent, compared to Quist's 13,338 votes, or 38 percent.

Quist ran a nontraditional populist campaign that saw appearances by Sen. Also, they said they trusted the media more than Trump - 53 per cent to 34 per cent. "We're losing our country here".

Both of Kalispell, they were well versed in the news that erupted Wednesday night. What makes this case more than a one-off by a perhaps unhinged candidate is that it has occurred at a time of unrelenting hostility toward the press by the right, exemplified and encouraged by the president.

Gianforte: The last guy did the same damn thing.

"I bet Democrats are breathing a sigh of relief", she said.

He added: "I've tended not to be alarmist, but I think there's a real danger here". "It's appalling and it creates serious image concerns for Montana".

Gianforte was a strong favorite throughout the campaign and that continued even after authorities charged him with misdemeanor assault on Wednesday. Are you with the Guardian? "I'm sick and exhausted of you guys", Gianforte is heard saying. He campaigned last weekend with U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who won the state's 2016 Democratic presidential primary against Hillary Clinton.

"It is a little shocking to learn that someone who is trying to be our leader behaves in that way", Montana voter Rachel Pauli, 27, said as she waved anti-Gianforte signs on a bridge over the Clark Fork river.

Yet Gianforte also carried considerable baggage: While the governor's race raised his profile, Montanans also spent months watching Democrats' ads attacking his views and branding him as a self-interested tycoon with no roots in the state or respect for its traditions.

"To be clear", she wrote, "at no point did any of us who witnessed this assault see Jacobs show any form of physical aggression toward Gianforte, who left the area after giving statements to local sheriff's deputies".

"Compounding the bizarreness of the allegations was the statement from the campaign, which at the time sounded plausible if a bit of a stretch, because even listening to the audio it didn't line up", he said. We lionize fighting in movies and TV, but watch any video of antifa beanpoles and gelatinous irredentists flailing at one another at Berkeley, and you have to face it: Most people in this country can not fight their way out of a wet paper bag and have no clue what they're talking about when they opine on it. "It's very Trump like in that you just throw it out there regardless of the facts".