BREAKING: Republican Congressional Candidate Body Slams Reporter (VIDEO)

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Welcome to Donald Trump’s America. A Republican Congressional candidate literally just body slammed a reporter to the ground after he decided that didn’t like the questions he was being asked.

The candidate is Montana Republican Greg Gianforte, who is running to fill the seat vacated by Ryan Zinke upon his assumption of the role of Secretary of the Interior. The individual that Gianforte assaulted is Ben Jacobs, political reporter from The Guardian.

Jacobs initially announced the incident via a simple tweet:

‘Greg Gianforte just body slammed me and broke my glasses.’

He assured a number of utterly shocked commenters that no, he wasn’t joking.

BuzzFeed’s Alexis Levinson was, apparently, on the scene, and a short while after Jacobs’s initial tweet, she posted her own story of how things went down on Twitter.

She wrote, in part:

‘This happened behind a half closed door, so I didn’t see it all, but here’s what it looked like from the outside — Ben walked into a room where a local tv crew was set up for an interview with Gianforte. All of a sudden I heard a giant crash and saw Ben’s feet fly in the air as he hit the floor.’

MSNBC’s Chris Hayes spoke for all of us when he offered up a very simple commentary on Twitter, writing:

‘good lord… Honestly, this is really beyond beyond beyond.’

A local journalist unsurprisingly said that Jacobs was at that point in an ambulance “getting checked out.”

Police were, apparently — and unsurprisingly — called to the scene, and numerous eyewitness reports saying that officers spoke with Gianforte before the candidate left the scene an hour or so ahead of schedule.

The setting where this all transpired was a campaign event for Gianforte. Gianforte — as a Republican in Montana — has long been the slight favorite to win. Donald Trump Jr. himself has gone out to Montana to campaign on Gianforte’s behalf multiple times.

In an audio recording that The Guardian has released, Jacobs can be heard asking Gianforte a few questions about TrumpCare before there is a quite abrupt, significant scuffle sound, followed by Gianforte yelling at presumably Jacobs for him to “get the hell out.”

Listen to the audio below — and be warned, it’s as crazy as it sounds.

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