Just 24 hours after being charged with assault for allegedly body-slamming a reporter in his Bozeman campaign office, Republican Greg Gianforte on Thursday defeated Democratic opponent Rob Quist to win the special election for the U.S. House seat in Montana.
The race was thrust into the national spotlight in dramatic fashion on Wednesday night after Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs described being "body-slammed" by the GOP candidate, and a Fox News crew who witnessed the incident said the former technology and software executive "grabbed Jacobs by the neck with both hands and slammed him into the ground behind him."
To be clear, this isn't something Republicans should necessarily be celebrating. Short of defending himself, Gianforte had zero reason to put his hands on someone with the intent to cause harm. As such, he did apologize for his actions upon declaring victory.
"When you make a mistake you have to own up to it, that's the Montana way," Gianforte said. "Last night I made a mistake... That's not the person I am and it's not the way I'll lead in this state."
"Rest assured, our work is just beginning, but it does begin with me taking responsibility for my own actions," he added. "You deserve a congressman who stays out of the limelight and just gets the job done."
Also, I'm not really interested in the shrieking leftists and their sudden discovery of a moral compass when it comes to violence towards political opponents. Unless these same people are willing to unequivocally condemn multiple violent protests by leftist kooks in Berkeley, St. Paul, etc., they have no credibility whatsoever in expressing outrage over Gianforte's excessive actions.
But hey, if anyone is willing to start a movement to kick out members of Congress who have at some point in their lives body-slammed someone with whom they had a political beef, I'm all ears!