Horrifying: Audio of Montana Republican Greg Gianforte assaulting reporter Ben Jacobs

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The Guardian has now posted audio of Montana Republican Greg Gianforte assaulting one of its reporters, Ben Jacobs, after Jacobs tried asking a question about the Congressional Budget Office’s assessment of the GOP’s Obamacare repeal legislation at a Gianforte “meet-and-greet”:

Jacobs was taken to a local hospital. Police have arrived on scene and are questioning witnesses, but Gianforte has left the area. His campaign has, however, released a statement:

Gianforte's statement: pic.twitter.com/WVNdA1yZ8w

— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) May 25, 2017

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A transcript of the encounter is below:

Jacobs: … the CBO score. Because, you know, you’ve been waiting to make your decision about health care until you saw the bill, and it just came out …

Gianforte: We’ll talk to you about that later.

Jacobs: Yeah, but there’s not going to be time. I’m just curious …

Gianforte: Okay, speak with Shane, please.

Jacobs: But, you gotta …

[loud crunching noises]

Gianforte [screaming]: I’M SICK AND TIRED OF YOU GUYS!

Jacobs: Jesus Chr …

Gianforte: THE LAST GUY THAT CAME IN HERE—YOU DID THE SAME THING. GET THE HELL OUT OF HERE!

Jacobs: Jesus!

Gianforte: GET THE HELL OUT OF HERE! The last guy did the same thing. You with the Guardian?

Jacobs: Yes, and you just broke my glasses.

Gianforte: The last guy did the same damn thing.

Jacobs: You just body-slammed me and broke my glasses.

Gianforte: Get the hell out of here.

Jacobs: You’d like me to get the hell out of here, I’d also like to call the police. Can I get you guys’s names?

Man: Hey, you gotta leave.

Jacobs: He just body-slammed me.

Man: You gotta leave.

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