Reporter Ben Jacobs on his alleged assault by Republican nominee in Montana

The Guardian’s Ben Jacobs may have become a factor in how Montanans vote on who becomes the state’s next member of the House of Representatives.

After Jacobs asked the Republican candidate Greg Gianforte a question, the candidate allegedly lost his temper and “body slammed” the reporter. Gianforte was quickly charged with misdemeanor assault.

The campaign claimed it was Jacobs’ aggressive behavior that landed him on the ground. But when Jacobs’ talked to VICE News today, he pushed back on that.

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