Thursday, 18 April, 2019

Trump jokes about Greg Gianforte body-slamming reporter amid Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance

Trump Touts 'Body Slamming' Montana Politician, Crowd Erupts CNN’s Jim Acosta explains how Trump’s rallies evokes violent mob — calling it a ’cause and effect’ syndrome
Leonard Rios | 19 October, 2018, 19:11

Earlier this year, Biden, who is considering a 2020 presidential bid, said he would have "beat the hell" out of Trump when they were younger. Rep. Greg Gianforte at a rally in Missoula, Montana, and as the president began his speech, he warned the crowd "never wrestle him".

The president's filter appeared to catch himself, only to take back the taking back. "I think it's pretty evident", he said.

Gianforte plead guilty to a charge of misdemeanor assault of Ben Jacobs, political reporter for The Guardian, as he covered a Montana special election in May 2017.

"Any guy that can do a body slam, he is my type!"

"I said: 'Oh, this is awful, he's going to lose the election.' Then I said: 'Well, wait a minute, I know Montana pretty well, I think it might help him, ' and it did", Trump said.

"He's a great guy, tough cookie", he said.

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US President Donald Trump has praised a Republican congressman who assaulted a journalist previous year with a "body slam", referring to him as "my guy".

After Jacobs asked Gianforte his question, [reporter] Acuna wrote: "Gianforte grabbed Jacobs by the neck with both hands and slammed him into the ground behind him. There's nothing to be embarrassed about", Trump said to Gianforte.

"Any guy that can do a body-slam.is my guy", Trump told supporters at the rally, adding that he was concerned at first that the incident would jeopardize Gianforte's campaign.

Mr Gianforte, who attended the rally with the President, is up for re-election in November and faces former state legislator Kathleen Williams. "Mr. President, thank you for giving us hope again", he said.

His remarks praising Mr Gianforte come amid an worldwide furore over the apparent assassination of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, who allegedly had his fingers cut off and was decapitated inside a Saudi consulate in Istanbul two weeks ago.

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