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Congressman Wins Election Amid Body-Slamming Controversy

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Greg Gianforte will have to postpone his wrestling career for another two years. On Thursday, May 25, Montanans elected the Republican congressional candidate who has dominated news-headlines since Wednesday afternoon, when he “body-slammed” a bothersome journalist.

“I am not proud of what happened. I should not have responded in the way that I did, and I’m sorry,” said Gianforte, speaking to his supporters upon his electoral victory.

The incident, which took place just a day before the special election, came as one of the most
bizarre news-stories of the year.

Ben Jacobs, a reporter from The Guardian, alleged that Gianforte body-slammed him,
unprovoked. This story was corroborated by a Fox News reporter who was at the scene of the
advanced wrestling stunt. However, Gianforte claimed to have been grabbed by Jones.

Luckily, Ben Jones was carrying a audio-recording device when the assault took place, so the
incident was caught on tape. And on the tape, Jones can be heard interrupting Gianforte’s
conversation by questioning him on his healthcare policy, to which Gianforte replies: “I’m sick
and tired of you guys.” Then, after an audible scuffle, Gianforte can be hear proclaiming: “The
last time you came here you did the same thing. Get the hell out of here. Get the hell out of
here.”

At the end of the recording, Jones says, “You just body-slammed me and broke my glasses.”
Representative-elect Greg Gianforte can expect to hear about this incident for as long as he
serves. And it will also be used as a rallying cry for Democrats who purport that Trumpian
Republicans have an unsavory relationship with the press.

However, for right-leaning Montanans, Gianforte’s legislative prowess was more important than his lack of self control.

Overall, in the short-term, these election results favor the right. However, in the long run, the
right will be the losers, because these results will just serve to buttress the left’s narrative of
rogue Republicans. But the real losers are wrestling fans world wide, who will have to wait two
more years to see the Gianforte-slam in action.

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