GOP Congressional candidate and Montana businessman Greg Gianforte made headlines on Wednesday after reports surfaced that he bodyslammed Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs.
Following the story, Gianforte's office released the following statement:
"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. Jacobs was asked to leave. After asking Jacobs to lower the recorder, Jacobs declined.
Greg then attempted to grab the phone that was pushed in his face. Jacob grabbed Greg's wrist, spun away from Greg, pushing them both to the ground. It's unfortunate that this aggressive behavior from a liberal journalist created this scene at our campaign volunteer BBQ."
Since the story broke, Gianforte has been charged with assault.
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan called on Gianforte to apologize, while the White House offered a “no comment” when asked about Trump's endorsement of the Montana Republican.
In addition, Gianforte may be facing a crime, but it doesn't appear to have made him lose support. In fact, he's raising a lot of money.
NBC News's Peter Alexander tweeted:
Meanwhile, the GOP in Montana is continuing to stick with Gianforte as their candidate. And with Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke once holding the congressional seat Gianforte is going for — and winning two elections back-to-back — it looks like an uphill battle for Gianforte's opponent.