President Donald Trump praised Republican Rep. Greg Gianforte of Montana for assaulting reporter Ben Jacobs during a rally in Missoula, Montana (more video below):
Any guy that can do a body slam, he’s my kind of guy!
CNN reporter Jim Acosta noted the crowd cheered Trump’s violent rhetoric:
When the president made that joke about Greg Gianforte assaulting Ben Jacobs, I looked over to the crowd [and saw] one Trump supporter doing pro-wrestling moves, doing body slam type gestures in the crowd. So, the crowd was obviously eating this stuff up.
People wonder whether or not there’s a cause and effect —whether or not the president’s rhetoric plants seeds of violence in his own supporters. I think it’s pretty evident.
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