Gianforte Brags of Defeating ‘Leftist Media’ in New Fundraising Email

Rep. Greg Gianforte (R-MT) – the man who narrowly won his election last year after assaulting Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs – is now fundraising with a claim that he not only defeated the Democratic competition, but also the “leftist media” during that special election.

The email follows attempts by Gianforte to initially lie about the assault to law enforcement and the press while claiming the ‘liberal media’ was ” trying to make a story” before audio of the assault surfaced proving the altercation happened as described by Jacobs. Thereafter, Gianforte pled guilty to misdemeanor assault.

Following the plea, the courts sentenced him to 40 hours of community service, required anger management classes and a fine of $385. As a part of that process he also promised to issue an apology to Jacobs, but never followed through with those publicly stated intentions.

Gianforte fundraising email

Image: TPM

Nearly a year later, Gianforte is fundraising off the incident implying he was the victim. In his email, Gianforte said in part:

“Friend, we were able to win a tough, close victory against the Democrats and the leftist media in the most expensive congressional contest in Montana history – but we’ve got an even bigger challenge in 2018! Please lend your crucial support to my campaign today.”

While a good number of Trump-supporting conservative Montana voters cast their vote for Gianforte because he physically assaulted a journalist (demonstrating the real world consequences of Donald Trump’s relentless attacks on free press), Gianforte only won his special election by a six point margin. And the assault occurred after a significant portion of the vote had already been cast by Montana voters.

Democrats believe they have a chance of defeating Gianforte this year as Democrats have pulled out victories against embattled GOP candidates in other red states.




Tim Peacock is the Managing Editor and founder of Peacock Panache and has worked as a civil rights advocate for over twenty years. During that time he’s worn several hats including leading on campus LGBT advocacy in the University of Missouri campus system, interning with the Colorado Civil Rights Division, and volunteering at advocacy organizations. You can learn more about him at his personal website.


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