Trump Touts 'Body Slamming' Montana Politician, Crowd Erupts

Cheryl Sanders
October 19, 2018

'Any guy that can do a body slam. he's my guy, ' says the USA president.

At a Montana rally Thursday night, Trump admitted, "I shouldn't say this", but continued and said, "there's nothing to be embarrassed about".

After shaking his hand and walking back up to the podium, Trump told the crowd: "Never wrestle him".

Mr Trump said: "Any guy that can do a body slam - he's my kind of guy".

"You understand that, never".

It happened at Gianforte's campaign headquarters in Bozeman, Montana, one day before residents headed to the polls for a special election in his district. "But I had heard he body slammed a reporter".

Trump said he was afraid Gianforte would lose after the moment, but then recalled, "Wait a moment, I know Montana".

Gianforte, who won the election, pleaded guilty to assaulting a reporter.

President Donald Trump - known for his contentious relationship with the press - joked Thursday that GOP Montana Rep. Greg Gianforte's assault of a British reporter helped the lawmaker win his 2017 special election.

"The President of the United States tonight applauded the assault on an American journalist who works for the Guardian", John Mulholland, US editor of The Guardian, said in a statement.

He said the incident "runs the risk of inviting other assaults on journalists", coming at the same time as the alleged killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Turkish authorities say that he was murdered in the consulate, and his apparent grisly killing has turned attention to the US relationship to the regime of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

"People wonder whether or not there's a cause and effect -whether or not the president's rhetoric plants seeds of violence in his own supporters".

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