To avoid getting his pants sued off, newly-elected Greg Gianforte (MT-R) has issued a formal apology to Ben Jacobs, the Guardian journalist who got body slammed by the hothead. Giantforte’s camp tried to frame the incident as an altercation with an “aggressive liberal journalist”, but audio footage revealed the true story: that Gianforte is a huge bully with anger issues.
Did I mention that Gianforte also has to pay $50,000 to the Committee to Protect Journalists? Oh yes, yes he does. It’s actually too bad the brawling politician didn’t have to pay more.
In part, his apology reads:
Notwithstanding anyone’s statements to the contrary, you did not initiate any physical contact with me, and I had no right to assault you. I am sorry for what I did and the unwanted notoriety this has created for you. I take full responsibility.
The idiot should have thought of the notoriety that the assault brought on himself. Maybe he did. Didn’t someone say that any press is good press? And let’s face it, since seeing Trump on the campaign trail, violence just seems to be celebrated among the crazy right-wing.
If Gianforte had been an actual adult about his anger, he would be in a much better position to actually do the job he was elected to do. The donation and the apology do not excuse his legal punishment. He has been charged with misdemeanor assault. The maximum sentence he faces is six months in jail, a $500 fine or both. Since he is serving in the House, we highly doubt he’ll see any jail time, which is a bummer. Members of the free press should be able to do their jobs without fear of physical abuse.
Jacobs said it best in his reply:
I hope the constructive resolution of this incident reinforces for all the importance of respecting the freedom of the press and the first amendment and encourages more civil and thoughtful discourse in our country.
I hope from this point forward, politicians drop the WWE routine and be responsible adults who can take the high road to do what is best for the people they are elected to represent. We already look like a country of fools with Agent Orange in office.