The Real Reason Why The Guardian Journalist Was Attacked

Was Greg Gianforte's Montana meltdown his way of admitting that the GOP's healthcare bill is a disaster in the making?

After another CBO report showed what a disaster their healthcare bill would be, Republicans are lashing out - verbally AND physically.

Call it the body slam heard 'round the world.

On Thursday night, Montana Republican congressional candidate Greg Gianforte attacked Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs after he asked him a question about the GOP's disastrous healthcare plan.

Jacobs managed to record the entire bizarre incident.

"Ben Jacobs: ...the CBO score. Because you know you were waiting to make your decision about health care until you saw the bill and it just came out...

Greg Gianforte: Yeah, we'll talk to you about that later.

Ben Jacobs: Yeah, but there's not going to be time. I'm just curious.

Greg Gianforte: Okay, speak with Shane, please.


Greg Gianforte: I'm sick and tired of you guys!

Ben Jacobs: Jesus Christ!

Greg Gianforte: The last guy that came in here, you did the same thing! Get the hell out of here!

Ben Jacobs: Jesus!

Greg Gianforte: Get the hell out of here! The last guy did the same thing! You with The Guardian?

Ben Jacobs: Yes! And you just broke my glasses.

Greg Gianforte: The last guy did the same damn thing.

Ben Jacobs: You just body-slammed me and broke my glasses.

Greg Gianforte: Get the hell out of here.

Ben Jacobs: You'd like me to get the hell out of here, I'd also like to call the police. Can I get you guys' names?

Unknown male: Hey, you gotta leave.

Ben Jacobs: He just body-slammed me.

Unknown male: You gotta leave."

Not surprisingly Gianforte has now been charged with assault.

Are we finally seeing the GOP lose it over the TrumpCare?

They know they're in the wrong and it's destroying them.


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c-gull 5 years 26 weeks ago

"There is a weird power in a spoken word. And a word carries far-very far- (and) deals destruction through time as the bullets go flying through space." Joseph Conrad

The republicans are neck deep in hypocrisy and they do not wish to be exposed-can we really expect good behavior on their part? They look into Nietzshe's abyss but they do not believe that the abyss also looks into them.

What is perhaps much more frightening is that Gianforte was elected. This shows us that propaganda bought by rich folks still works. Difference of opinion makes for a real horse race but republicans want to own all the jockeys.

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kayaker 5 years 26 weeks ago

Things are getting damn frightening in this country. I just saw a clip of Gianforte proselytizing about how people in biblical times worked their entire lives and never retired. He was going on and on about how Noah built the ark when he was 600 years old and never "retired". He's going to do everything he can to gut Social Security and Medicare. You can't tell me the people of Montana didn't know what they were getting with this nutjob. They're probably cheering this guy on for "showing that reporter a thing or two". Trump's gone off the rails, the GOP wants to kill millions of working poor, BILLIONAIRES are going to get a MUCH bigger tax break than what working people earn in their entire lifetimes. And the Democrats refuse to even put single-payer healthcare in their platform. It's starting to look like all the other old empires right before they crumbled. If We the People don't get very serious about rising up and demanding a stop to this shit, we're all going down.

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2950-10K 5 years 26 weeks ago

Besides voting for this Gianforte crackpot, last November the same red staters also voted for a billionaire from the blue state of New York. To be exact, New York City. These rubes actually believe a New York City sexual predator /self proclaimed billionaire gives a flying f about them.....Ohhhh Myyyy Godddd.

BTW: Putin's propaganda attack on our soil was far more than sour grapes over Clinton and sanctions. His aim is to destabilize our democracy and economy by installing and thus empowering alt right billionaire fools to run the show.....look what's unfolding. His mission is almost accomplished while our CIA sits by like a bunch of chicken shits refusing to strike back.

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ErinRose 5 years 26 weeks ago

I don't think the Rethuglicons care if they are in the wrong. One thing all of these Deep State shills, NeoCons and NeoLiberals (Dianne Feinstein,) alike have in common is that they are sociopaths who are incapable of caring or feeling about anything but themselves. They are going to do whatever they can get away with, no matter what they have to do to get away with it, to include lie their faces off, body-slam journalists, or murder people like Seth Rich. TrumpCare does NOTHING for We, the People. How is this different from any other program or budget slashing they have, are, and will be involved with? It's business as usual. The only reason they are getting hot under the collar is because We, the People (to include journalists) are not allowing themselves to be intimidated, are becoming emboldened, and are starting to question authority openly and persistently. Members of the Establishment and their political frontline supporters don't like that; they find this threatening to their total control, authority, and divine right to rule. You ascribe to these thugs feelings and sensitivities that have been cash-bred out of them; they are no better than A.I. robotics. The masses are beginning to develop a backbone. Good. It's about time. And my heart, support, and tip of the hat goes out to any and all journalists who are committed to telling the truth. May goodness and fate bless and protect you.

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ErinRose 5 years 26 weeks ago

#kayaker: "...the GOP wants to kill millions of working poor..." This has been a goal all along. The Georgia Guide Stones (Masons/Illuminati) calls for six and one-half billion people to be eliminated so those left will have an abundance of resources to sustain themselves plus a manageable number of slaves to do the work. People just don't take their determination in all of this seriously. I heard a report on YT tonight talking about homelessness and the housing bubble. Before the bubble burst (2003), there were two thousand homeless in SoCal (exact area I didn't get; Los Angeles?) But after the housing bubble burst (2008), they said there were eight thousand homeless. Follow up studies were surprised to then find (2012) a sharp decline to practically none. They also recounted police using a half filled beer can retrieved (supposedly) from a trash bin to accost homeless and demand identification. The two stories together suggests that homeless numbers rose as a result of the banksters, police took action by identifying homeless, but that these homeless then (were) "disappeared". Much earlier than this, I heard a story on YT talking about the government(s) taking vagrants and homeless and sending them to (Black Ops) centers to be destroyed. I know here where I live in Florida we started seeing an influx of panhandlers and homeless and now all of them have vanished. I wouldn't be surprised at all to find that state governments are disposing of unwanted persons. It is only the beginning of them purging anyone they deem as "unfit" or who has "outlived their usefulness" or they finally get around to labelling as a "terrorist"; which is you and the rest of us who aren't on board with the NWO. These people have no regard for life, human or otherwise, and it is not beneath them to murder. So, you are correct. If the people of this country don't wake up, and soon, it is going to be too late. I know here, people at least are mildly aware of what is going on; whereas a few years back if something was said about what is going on, it was met with open and hostile resistence. So, to some extent, things are better, but not enough to stop the opposition, or garner any good at this point.

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wmleidy 5 years 26 weeks ago

the republicans aren't losing it by any means. republicans have one deliverable from the the people that own the republican brand: and it is tax cuts. the republicans will deliver an obama are repeal capital gains tax cut, inheritance tax cuts, and any other tax cut the plutocracy wants. america is no longer in control of its government and has been complacent far too long.

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stopgap 5 years 26 weeks ago

Hopefully, the media will hound Gianforte every minute of his life until the people of Montana get rid of this rightwing nutmeg prick. I think they should keep on him constantly, peppering him with questions everywhere he goes. Keep on him like stink on shit about every lie he tells and has told, and his unconstitutional drive to make religion part of government. Don't give him an seconds rest.

He's already shown that he can't take the heat, so turn the heat up to boiling and watch him go even more bananas. Constantly make him the media focus and sooner or later they will have to carry him out of Washington in a straightjacket.

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Howard Laverne ... 5 years 26 weeks ago

Action speaks louder than words.

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Radical 5 years 26 weeks ago

The assault and battery that Gianforte delivered to that reporter not only didn't hurt him with the Republican Base I'm sure that it helped him very much. The Republican are not a party . They are a group of billionzaire Fascists trying to destroy the Govt of the United States of America. Remember when that member of Congress from the deep south nearly beat a Rep from the North to death hitting him with his cane in the Pre Cival War days. Do you think he lost popularity doing that act NO he didn't He gained Popularity. The Right-Wing Republicans consider anyone to the left of Attilla the Hun as their enemy. They are fighting a war against us. We can't reason with them work with them compromise with them or give them any credibility . They must be crushed and completely destroyed.If they raise their head one inch off of the ground they must be destroyed again. The neo-liberal Clinton wing of the Democratic Party must be purged from the Party, The powers that rule the democratic Party are already promoting the possible candidacy of Terry Mcauliffe in2020. Terry Mcauliffe is a piece of human garbage . The only reason that he has any kind of power in the party is becausehe was a big fundraiser for the Clintons from giant corporations and millionaires and Billionaires. I have been a big fan of Bernie sanders for over 25 years and the Clintons Terry Mcauliffe Donna Brazille Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the rest of the trash not counting Kieth Ellison who is fantastic aren't worthy to kiss his feet.

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Marilyn Adair 5 years 26 weeks ago

Impulse control seems to be a major issue for Republicans. There is no excuse for this behavior or Gianforte's inital fabricated statement. If I had done what Gianforte had done, I would potentially lose my RN license.

Hopefully Gianforte has an 1 year stint as a Congressman!

Marilyn L. Adair, MSN, RN, CNE

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Willie W 5 years 26 weeks ago

The guy is just a hot head. He's lucky he's in a position where he can blow it off with just an "I'm sorry." Any legal action won't amount to anything, but might be necessary to close the books on this incident and make him appear to be more civilized.

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1982Hoo 5 years 26 weeks ago

Gianforte was afraid he might lose the election. He slammed Jacobs to appeal to the base. Laura Ingraham's tweet about the incident, "...what would Montana men do..." attests to the fact that the base loves and respects violence. Trump pushing his way past the Montenegro diplomat strikes the same chord with the right. They are ready for a fight/revolution.

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Dianereynolds 5 years 26 weeks ago

Gianforte's election is a perfect example of why early voting is a really bad idea. In this case it came back to bite you in the rear end.

In my opinion Gianforte should have found a more subtle way to help this classic pain in the ass "journalist" eat the floor. Suggesting perhaps accidentally stepping on his foot while quickly moving forward then helping him back up by lifting him by the ears followed by an "oops"

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deepspace 5 years 26 weeks ago

...and Diane is a ...Christian?

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Gullah Jack 5 years 26 weeks ago

In the run up to the Civil War southern racist slaveholders routinely physically attacked anyone who disagreed with them on the subject of slavery. This extended to the very Senate where unarmed Charles Sumner, senator from Massachusetts, was attacked by Preston Brooks of South Carolina who was armed with a cane. Bullying is part and parcel of reactionary politics and I see a repitition of this type of behavior on the horizon.

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deepspace 5 years 26 weeks ago

In one word, it's called self-righteousness.

How dare anyone question me, for I am the vessel of GOD! My GOD is the one and only; my race is superior; my country is the greatest. GOD is on my side, so my actions and beliefs are justified and true, as I travel on that high road to greater glory. My political and economic ideology is what everyone must follow, because it comes directly from GOD. Anyone who is against me and does not believe what I believe is against GOD and all that HE has planned for HIS faithful. (Yes, it's always a "he.") Unbelievers are filthy heathens and not worthy of life, unless they repent and submit to all those who look and think like me -- with violence if necessary. It is GOD's will.

That is Greg Giantf*ckhead in one paragraph. If he wore a shemagh and carried the Koran, he would be ISIL. Instead, he wears a suit and carries the Bible. He should brilliantly represent the fake-Christian bullies of Montana who worship self-righteous hatred and brutality, while playing the phony victims, the long-suffering, persecuted Christianists. He should also fit right in with all the other bloodthirsty, radical-Republican terrorists in Washington DC, who want to sacrifice tens of thousands of poor people every year on the alter of their real god, which is MONEY.

By the way, this criminal thug has yet to answer Ben Jacobs' simple, straightforward question.

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stopgap 5 years 26 weeks ago

Hell, I think this shows exactly how early voting worked perfectly. It showed that Republicans are losing traction, even in Montana, and it guaranteed that the district that gave Trump a 20% edge will have to suffer with the representative that they absolutely deserve. A violent, impulsive religious fanatic nut-job to fuck up their lives until 2018. Maybe he will help get them into a religious war where the young bullet-stoppers of Montana will be sent off to some mid-eastern hell hole to have their guts blown out, after he has done everything he possiby can to take away every benefit they now get from the government and make himself even richer by lowering his own tax burden.

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deepspace 5 years 26 weeks ago

You pays your money, and you takes your choice.

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