Helena—Today, in response to the horrific attack on the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland, President Donald Trump said in a press conference that “journalists, like all Americans, should be free from the fear of being violently attacked while doing their jobs.”
Shortly afterward, former 3-term Montana state legislator and candidate for Montana’s At-Large Congressional DistrictKathleen Williams concurred: “I agree with the President. Journalists should never, ever be violently attacked for doing their job.”
However, while both President Trump and Williams quickly denounced violence against the press, Montana Congressman Greg Gianforte has remained characteristically silent. Gianforte famously body-slammed reporter Ben Jacobs in response to a question about healthcare and then lied to the police about it.
During his short time in office, Gianforte—who is 6 points behind Williams according to a recent poll—has repeatedly missed opportunities to advocate for press protections:
- He left a 30 minute meeting with the Committee to Protect Journalists after only seven minutes.
- When asked about Gianforte joining the Congressional Press Freedom Caucus, his Chief of Staff replied, “Greg didn’t come here to join clubs.”
- And despite his courtroom promise to sit for an interview with Jacobs, he has repeatedly refused to keep his word.
But in the wake of the President’s remarks condemning violence such as Gianforte’s own assault of a reporter, the question remains: Will Greg Gianforte stand with President Donald Trump and Kathleen Williams against attacks on journalists and press freedoms?
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