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Thu Jul 6, 2017, 01:29 PM

Greg Gianforte 'not sure' he would have sent Trump CNN body-slam tweet

Source: The Guardian

Greg Gianforte 'not sure' he would have sent Trump CNN body-slam tweet

Amanda Holpuch
Thursday 6 July 2017 16.58 BST

The Montana congressman Greg Gianforte, who pleaded guilty to the assault of a Guardian reporter, has said Donald Trump’s tweet of himself body-slamming a CNN proxy was only a “distraction” from “good work” being done by the president.

Trump’s tweet, which showed the president wrestling a man with a CNN logo superimposed on his head, was widely criticized for encouraging violence against reporters.

On the eve of Gianforte’s election in May, the congressman responded to a question from the Guardian’s Ben Jacobs by throwing him to the ground and punching him.

During a brief interview on Wednesday, the Montana Public Radio (MPR) reporter Eric Whitney asked Gianforte about Trump’s tweet three times. Each time the congressman responded by saying the tweet was a “distraction”.

“Would I have sent this tweet? I’m not sure,” Gianforte said. “But the reality is, the administration is doing good work. I would probably categorize this particular tweet as a distraction.”

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Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jul/06/greg-gianforte-trump-cnn-tweet

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