Jacobs, who was knocked down and had his glasses smashed, called police who charged Gianforte with misdemeanor assault, a crime punishable by up to six months behind bars.
Last night, I made a mistake, and I took an action that I can't take back. "But I'm just saying, history is on our side", Pelosi said. The author of the Fox News account later clarified that Gianforte had one hand on each side of Jacobs's neck, a detail that did not alter her previous retelling.
Gianforte, who was audibly irritated, reportedly body slammed the reporter. His win represents a temperature-taking of America's heartland regarding the Republican party-it suggests they still stand behind President Donald Trump-as well as a ringing endorsement of violence against the press.
"We like to win, don't get me wrong". After his campaign initially issued a statement blaming the reporter, Gianforte stayed out of sight until the polls closed Thursday evening.
Already, Montana's freaky special election and Gianforte's win are being cast as a referendum on events in Washington and a projection of what's to come.
The special election was for Montana's lone House seat, which was vacated when former GOP Rep. Ryan Zinke was tapped to be Trump's Interior secretary. "However, they should not have to be represented by a man who is now facing an assault charge for body slamming another person".
Gianforte had unsuccessfully challenged the state's Democratic governor in November, losing that race even as Trump won the state easily. And when you make a mistake, you have to own up to it. The technology entrepreneur unsuccessfully ran for governor a year ago, and many political insiders in Montana expect him to make a second bid in 2020, when the current governor leaves office due to term limits.
During his run for the House seat, Mr Gianforte tied himself to Mr Trump, promising to help "drain the swamp" and campaigning with Vice President Mike Pence and Donald Trump Jr. Both candidates in the Montana contest were seen as flawed, but Quist in particular was a weak recruit for Democrats. "Greg Gianforte should not be sworn in as a member of the House of Representatives while his assault case is still pending in court".
But after he was declared the victor, Gianforte apologized for the attack.
Gianforte also crushed Quist in most rural counties, winning by margins as big as 7-to-1.