We will never know for sure whether  Greg Gianforte’s physical aggression (it seems to have fallen far short of an assault), one day before the special election to become Montana’s congressperson,  helped or hurt his vote total. What we do know, however, is that Mr. Gianforte won relatively comfortably, beating Democrat Rob Quist by about 6% in what was expected to be a very tight election.

Gianforte has apologized to reporter Ben Jacobs for throwing him down and breaking his glasses. I don’t know whether Mr. Jacobs has accepted the apology.  I doubt that it matters.

The bottom line?  Democrats expended a great deal of money and effort to flip what normally would be a safe Republican seat to the Democrat side (though a lot of it came late in the race). It didn’t work.

I will be very interested to see how media present this.  As a win for Republicans because, well, because they won?  Or as a win for Democrats, because the margin was less than what Trump won Montana by.

I have a feeling I already know the answer to that one.


  • 1. This was a very minor scuffle.
    It was precipitated by the reporter out-doing jorge ramos for in-your-face chutzpah. Marching into an office, shoving a microphone into the candidate’s face, and ignoring requests to take it away. When Gianforte pushed the mic away, Jacobs grabbed his wrist, which resulted in BOTH falling to the floor.

    That’s the version *I* believe, based on listening to the recording. I do NOT hear a fist fight or wrestling. Just scuffling, followed by “you broke my glasses, and I want my mommie.” The body slam is not indicated by the recording.

    2. It appears that Jacobs is a stringer – hired for specific assignments. It is quite possible he manufactured the incident in order to gain exposure. He certainly did not seem to have been hurt.

    • After listening to the tape my first thought was ‘I want someone to verify that is the whole recording and not edited’.
      That is to say I don’t trust the media or liberals [which are usually the same thing].

      • BREAKING: Lifelong Democrat Operative at The @Guardian Ben Jacobs Lies About Assault on GOP Candidate Greg Gianforte

        A former minion for the Iowa Democratic Party now operating as a Guardian reporter, Ben Jacobs, assaulted Montana Republican House candidate Greg Gianforte on Wednesday.

        Greg Gianforte just body slammed me and broke my glasses

        — Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) May 24, 2017

        Unfortunately for Jacobs, eyewitnesses to his unprovoked aggression are already calling him out.

        @FoxNews Did NOT happen~I was there~there was a disagreement because the reporter was being extremely aggressive~there was NO body slam. NONE. Period

        — Christie (@Alexa__Bella) May 25, 2017

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