Trump praises Montana congressman who assaulted reporter: 'Never wrestle him'

Trump Touts 'Body Slamming' Montana Politician, Crowd Erupts

Gianforte - who represents the state's single at-large district - pleaded guilty in court previous year to a charge of misdemeanor assault and is seeking reelection in November.

"This will be an election of (Justice Brett) Kavanaugh, the caravan, law and order and common sense", Trump said. He detailed that he saw a Trump supporter doing wrestling moves in the crowd while Trump continued his attack on reporters.

Earlier this year, Biden, who is considering a 2020 presidential bid, said he would have "beat the hell" out of Trump when they were younger. But as he left Washington to travel to the rally Thursday, Trump warned of "very severe" consequences for the apparent killing. But I heard that he body-slammed a reporter.

The congressman later apologized for his actions and was sentenced to a 180-day deferred sentence, 40 hours of community service, 20 hours of anger management and a US$300 fine along with an $85 court fee. And he was way up...and I said, 'Oh, this is bad, he's going to lose the election'.

Despite the negative publicity, Gianforte went on to defeat Democrat Rob Quist by six percentage points in the Republican-leaning district.

"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.

Mr Trump raised the incident amid calls for a stronger response from his administration to reports that US-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi was ambushed inside the Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul, then tortured, killed and dismembered.

"In the aftermath of the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, it runs the risk of inviting other assaults on journalists both here and across the world where they often face far greater threats", Mulholland said.

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