Congressman criticizes Trump’s reporter assault praise

22 October, 2018, 21:46 | Author: Sheila Harris
  • Santorum Criticizes Trump's Gianforte Praise: 'This Is Not Helpful, It's Not Good'

It's unclear what they did to infuriate Gianforte, but initial statements, issued by the congressman's team after the incident, said that Jacobs "aggressively shoved a recorder in Greg's face". He pleaded guilty to violently assaulting Jacobs on May 24, 2017, the night before his election to the House of Representatives. He paid a $385 fine and completed 40 hours of community service and 20 hours of anger management counselling.

A former aide to Ted Cruz's presidential campaign on Saturday turned Donald Trump's praise for a Republican who assaulted a reporter previous year against him. "Any guy that can do a body slam, he's my kind of guy", Trump told the crowd, adding that he'd correctly believed the attack would help Gianforte win the special election to fill Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's seat.

Courtney Radsch, advocacy director for the CPJ, commented: "We are disturbed once again to see president Trump standing up for those who would attack the press and contributing to an environment in which journalists are feeling less safe and in which attacks against journalists appear to have become acceptable". "And then I said, 'Well, wait a minute". He also donated $50,000 to the Committee to Protect Journalists.

He also asked why Trump always praises bullies and "celebrates punks who go after the little guy". The Saudi government now says that Khashoggi was killed inside its consulate in Istanbul early this month during a physical altercation.

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A Republican senator says the US needs a president who "celebrates the First Amendment", not one who "pretends that beating up a reporter is OK". While President Trump has reportedly said he found Saudi's explanation credible, a number of lawmakers in Congress remain skeptical.

The White House Correspondents' Association chided Trump for his praise of Gianforte, saying, "All Americans should recoil from the president's praise for a violent assault on a reporter doing his Constitutionally protected job".

This latest praise from Mr Trump is unlikely to improve his relationship with the media, which he has previously labelled the "enemy of the people".



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