Trump praises attack on "Guardian" reporter


Trump in a campaign at the latest in Missoula, Montana.

Trump in a campaign at the latest in Missoula, Montana.(Photo: REUTERS)

Friday, October 19, 2018

Because he attacks a journalist and throws him to the ground, a US court condemns the Republican Greg Gianforte as a community service and a fine. The president is however highly praised. Journalists' associations therefore storm against Trump.

Donald Trump has caused indignation with statements about the violent attack on a journalist. Several journalist associations – including the White House Correspondents Association – a union of journalists in Washington – criticized the US president for committing a crime. Trump had praised MP Greg Gianforte on Thursday evening with the words: "Any man who can do a bodyslam is someone I appreciate."

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Body Slam is a wrestling technique. Gianforte grabbed a journalist from the British newspaper "The Guardian" in May 2017, threw him on the ground and hit him. A court sentenced him to a community service and a fine. Gianforte is an "incredible leader from Montana & # 39; and one of the most respected people in Congress & # 39 ;, said Trump during a campaign in the US state of Montana.

He had initially thought that the attack would reduce Gianfort's chance of being elected. "Then I thought," Trump added, "" Wait, I know Montana pretty well, I think that will help him. " And that's it. "Trump called on voters to vote in November for the Congressional elections of Gianforte.

Gianforte was in 2017 candidate for a partial election in Montana, when he in a dispute with Jacobs in trouble and threw him to the ground. He was still selected, but sentenced to a probationary period of six months, 40 hours of community training, 20 hours of training for stress management and payment of court costs. The case provided headlines nationwide.

The chief editor of the Guardian in the US, John Mulholland, was outraged by Trump's comments. "Celebrating an attack on a journalist who has just done his job is an attack on the first amendment (the US Constitution) by someone who has sworn an oath to defend it," Mulholland said, referring to the additional article. which guarantees the freedom of the press.

"Especially after the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, it invites attacks on journalists here and around the world, where they are often exposed to much larger threats." The Commission to protect journalists also said that at a time when journalists were being killed and imprisoned around the world, that was unseemly.