"Last night I made a mistake, and I took an action that I can't take back".
Montana Republican congressional candidate Greg Gianforte was elected to the House of Representatives yesterday, and this is monumental for at least two reasons.
"I think he should apologize", Ryan said at a press conference.
That means anywhere from a third to a fourth of the overall vote will happen at the polls Thursday. "That's not our choice".
A number of Montana newspapers withdrew their endorsement of Gianforte after the incident, but neither that nor the incident affected the outcome.
"I'm sick and exhausted of you guys!"
In an editorial, the Billings Gazette wrote that it's "at a loss for words".
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The race was seen by Democrats as a possible referendum on President Trump, if the party could flip the long held republican seat. The late-breaking incident occurred the day before the election, after tens of thousands of Montanans had cast their ballots early.
"It is unsettling on many levels that Greg Gianforte physically assaulted a journalist and then lied, refusing to take responsibility for his actions", he said in a statement. Screnar said she and her husband have known Gianforte for the better part of a decade.
Gianforte: Get the h*** out of here.
"You just body slammed me and broke my glasses", Jacobs said moments later. In a statement, Gianforte's spokesperson, issued a statement claiming that Jacobs entered the headquarters without permission and was the aggressor in the situation.
In an interview Thursday morning, Jacobs denied laying a finger on Gianforte.
Perhaps Gianforte viewed his violent attack as an asset to his campaign, rather than a scandal that would threaten his chances at the last minute.