Trump's praises 'body slam' assault of Guardian journalist

Trump, amid outcry over missing Saudi journalist, praises GOP congressman for body slamming reporter - Los Ang
Trump praises Republican congressman for body slamming journalist

20 October, 2018

To add to his long list of terrifying sentiments towards journalists, Trump praised Montana Republican Greg Gianforte for assaulting a reporter during his campaign last May. "He's my guy", Trump declared, doing his best impression of a wrestling move to raucous applause and cheers from his Montana audience.

Representative Greg Gianforte, who made brief remarks at the rally with Trump, was ordered to perform community service as part of his sentence for attacking Ben Jacobs, a correspondent for Britain's Guardian newspaper, on May 24, 2017, the day before a special election to fill Montana's sole congressional seat.

"Any guy that can do a body slam, he's my candidate, he's my guy", Mr. Trump said, making a theatrical body-slam gesture with his arms.

Other journalists, editors and rights groups also berated Trump for praising Gianforte Thursday night.

Most of the sane watching world probably agree that body-slamming reporters when you're a politician running for office ain't all that hilarious, but you're going to struggle to find sanity at a Trump rally.

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His remarks come amid furore over fate of journalist Jamal Khashoggi who is presumed to be murdered. "There is nothing to be embarrassed about", Trump said.

US President Donald Trump praised a congressman for a physical attack on a journalist, mimicking the assault to cheers at a rally.

Knox says Trump's praise of Rep. Greg Gianforte (jee-an-FOR'-tay) "amounts to the celebration of a crime by someone sworn to uphold our laws" and an attack on the First Amendment by someone who has pledged to defend it.

He added: "We hope decent people will denounce these comments and tht the president will see fit to apologise for them". Gianforte faced up to six months in jail for assaulting the reporter after Jacobs asked him about a Republican health care bill.

Rubin then noted Trump backers who are condoning his Saudi excuses by smearing her Washington Post colleague, Jamal Khashoggi, as an enemy of the U.S. "We should never shrug at the president cheerleading for a violent act targeting a free and independent news media".

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