The victum’s name is Ben Jacobs, a reporter for the Guardian, and this transcript may shed some light. According to the reporter Greg Gianforte – the republican businessman – who wants to take the seat that was vacated by Ryan Zinke, who left Congress to become Interior Secretary, was tackeled after asking a question. Per Fox: “We’ll talk to you about that later,” Gianforte answers.
“Yeah, but there’s not going to be time-was Jacobs begins, before Gianforte says “Speak with [spokesman] Shane [Scanlon], please. At that point, the sound of someone falling over is heard.
“I’m sick and tired of you guys,” Gianforte yells. “The last guy who came here did the same thing. Get the hell out of here. Get the hell out of here. The last guy did the same thing. Are you with the Guardian? “Yes, and you just broke my glasses,” Jacobs replies.
“The last guy did the same damn thing,” Gianforte says.
“You just body-slammed me and broke my glasses,” Jacobs says. “Get the hell out of here,” Gianforte repeats.
“You’d like me to get the hell out of here, I’d also like to call the police,” Jacobs says as the recording ends” (Fox, 2017. Greg’s team released a statement:
Jacobs “entered the [campaign] office without permission, aggressively shoved a recorder in Greg’s face, and began asking badgering questions.
Later, the statement added, “After asking Jacobs to lower the recorder, Jacobs declined. Greg then attempted to grab the phone that was pushed in his face. Jacobs grabbed Greg’s wrist, and spun away from Greg, pushing them both to the ground. It’s unfortunate that this aggressive behavior from a liberal journalist created this scene at our campaign volunteer BBQ. The Gardion had this to say.
“The Guardian is deeply appalled by how our reporter, Ben Jacobs, was treated in the course of doing his job as a journalist … We are committed to holding power to account and we stand by Ben and our team of reporters for the questions they ask and the reporting that is produced.
Fox news was a witness to this and wrote this online fyi it contradicts the statement by the campaign.
“During that conversation, another man – who we now know is Ben Jacobs of The Guardian – walked into the room with a voice recorder, put it up to Gianforte’s face and began asking if he had a response to the newly released Congressional Budget Office report on the American Health Care Act. Gianforte told him he would get to him later. Jacobs persisted with his question. Gianforte told him to talk to his press guy, Shane Scanlon.
At that point, Gianforte grabbed Jacobs by the neck with both hands and slammed him into the ground behind him. Faith, Keith and I watched in disbelief as Gianforte then began punching the reporter. As Gianforte moved on top of Jacobs, he began yelling something to the effect of, “I’m sick and tired of this!”
Jacobs scrambled to his knees and said something about his glasses being broken. He asked Faith, Keith and myself for our names. In shock, we did not answer. Jacobs then said he wanted the police called and went to leave. Gianforte looked at the three of us and repeatedly apologized. At that point, I told him and Scanlon, who was now present, that we needed a moment. The men then left” (Acuna, 2017.) She keeps going:
“To be clear, at no point did any of us who witnessed this assault see Jacobs show any form of physical aggression toward Gianforte, who left the area after giving statements to local sheriff’s deputies” (Acuna, 2017.)