Trump And Supporters Have A Massive Laugh About Assaulting Journalists

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President Trump at a rally in Montana Thursday praised the state's congressman for body slamming a reporter - and said the assault helped him win a seat in the US House.

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"And by the way, never wrestle him, you understand that? Never", Trump joked. "Any guy that can do a body slam, he's my guy". Given that Trump's under fire for his reaction to the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, you'd think he might take it easy on the "violence against reporters" angle.

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Mr Gianforte pleaded guilty to a misdemeanour assault charge in June 2017 and said in an apology letter that he alone was responsible for the attack.

Mr Trump said: "Any guy that can do a body slam - he's my kind of guy". But as he left Washington to travel to the rally Thursday, Trump warned of "very severe" consequences for the apparent killing.

At the rally, Trump urged people to vote for Gianforte, describing him as "an incredible Montana leader" and "one of the most respected people in Congress". "I think it's pretty evident", he said.

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President Donald Trump sparked anger on social media after he praised a GOP congressman's assault of a reporter.

"To celebrate an attack on a journalist who was simply doing his job is an attack on the First Amendment by someone who has taken an oath to defend it", he said, referring to the amendment to the U.S. constitution that guarantees freedom of the press.

His remarks praising Mr Gianforte come amid an worldwide furore over the apparent assassination of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, who allegedly had his fingers cut off and was decapitated inside a Saudi consulate in Istanbul two weeks ago.

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In a statement on the Guardian's website, John Mulholland, the newspaper's USA editor, said "to celebrate an attack on a journalist who was simply doing his job is an attack on the First Amendment by someone who has taken an oath to defend it".

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