Trump Praises Violent ‘Body-Slam’ On Reporter

Trump Praises Violent ‘Body-Slam’ On Reporter
Donald Trump

At a campaign rally last night in Montana, Donald Trump praised the state’s lone congressman, Rep. Greg Gianforte, for his now-infamous physical assault on journalist Ben Jacobs of The Guardian in the spring of 2017.

Via ABC News:

“Any guy that can do a body slam, he is my type!” Trump said to cheers.

“I was in Rome with leaders when I heard about it, and I heard that he body-slammed a reporter,” Trump said.

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

Gianforte pleaded guilty and was sentenced to community service for the incident. He apologized on the night of his election victory, saying, “When you make a mistake you have to own it.”

Journalists everywhere were justified in their horror at an American president cheering on physical violence against a reporter.

This comes after Trump has spent days defending the Saudi Arabian government amid mounting evidence they were involved in the disappearance of Washington Post columnist, Jamal Khashoggi.