Greg Gianforte, a Montana congressman-elect, pleaded guilty Monday for assaulting a reporter, a criminal charge. However, the Republican received a slap on the wrist as a sentence.
Gianforte, who made his fortune as a technology executive, campaigned as a Donald Trump supporter. On May 24, when a reporter from the Guardian Newspaper asked him a question, he snapped and body slammed the newsman to the ground, breaking his glasses. This was the day before a special election that Gianforte would go on to win to fill Montana’s only seat in the United States House of Representatives.
Judge Rick West of Gallatin County sentenced the politician to 20 hours of anger management and 40 hours of community service. He will spend no time in jail for the assault as the judge in Bozeman, Montana deferred a six-month jail sentence, which as long as Gianforte completes his anger management classes and community service, he will not spend one day behind bars, according to Reuters.
The question that caused Gianforte was asked that caused him to attack the reporter? It was about healthcare, something every American helped by Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act, is worried about since President Trump wants to do away with it. Many Americans are expected to be without healthcare once again under Trumpcare, if it passes. The actions by the Montana politician just shows how Trumps criticism of the media can cause unnecessary violence, but the sentence of Gianforte basically just gave him a free pass.
By Cletus Dillwood