"Tonight, as Greg was giving a separate interview in a private office, The Guardian's Ben Jacobs entered the office without permission, aggressively shoved a recorder in Greg's face, and began asking badgering questions", his office said in a statement after the candidate allegedly attacked the reporter. Montana law enforcement officials on Wednesday charged Gianforte with misdemeanor assault. I am not proud of what happened.
The apology came after several GOP lawmakers called for Gianforte to say he was sorry to Jacobs.
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Speaking to Dutch publication Trouw , when asked about a transfer overseas , Klaassen responded: "I think no one would blame me". We were really, really sad because you think of life and football - you have no choice. "We wouldn't think twice".
Gianforte, who was audibly irritated, reportedly body slammed the reporter. It meets the confirmation bias of many of my friends but we really need more time to sort through facts. The office of Montana's secretary of state released a statement saying almost 70 percent of ballots had been cast prior to Election Day, anyway: even if persuadable constituents had a change of heart after Wednesday night, for many of them it was too late.
Gianforte has since apologised for his behaviour, saying it is "the Montana way" to own up to mistakes.
During Fox News' coverage of the incident, it pointed out that three of its reporters had been eyewitnesses and confirmed the confrontation between Gianforte and Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs. And when you make a mistake, you have to own up to it. Trump won Montana by 20.6 percent over Hillary Clinton in November.
While Gianforte's assault garnered national attention and speculation that it might hurt his chances Thursday, about 276,000 Montanans had already voted by absentee by Wednesday, leaving only about a fourth of the total vote to be cast on Thursday. Gianforte had held his party's nominee at an arm's length but during the special election, he embraced the president, welcoming Vice President Mike Pence and Donald Trump Jr. for campaign visits and using the president's "Drain the swamp" catchphrase. Democrats were initially hopeful that he'd appeal to Montana's right-leaning voters who have a history of electing Democratic mavericks. Quist gained the most ground in non-urban precincts. "Greg Gianforte should not be sworn in as a member of the House of Representatives while his assault case is still pending in court".