Montana Republican Congressional candidate was the victim of provocation Wednesday, as he was inappropriately approached, cornered, and harassed by an unannounced reporter in an unauthorized area. Gianforte had discontinued his meeting with the press for the day.
Ben Jacobs, a notoriously annoying liberal reporter, pushed his agenda by confronting Gianforte and repeatedly shoving various electronic devices into his face. No video evidence of the alleged incident exists, only patchy audio and questionable eye-witness accounts.
According to Gianforte, he asked the person who provoked him to address any questions to the appropriate media representative for his campaign. Unable to escape the perpetrator’s advances, Gianforte was forced to defend himself with the appropriate self-defense moves, including bringing the harasser to the ground quickly and disabling his movements with his bare hands. The harasser received no apparent injuries, and did not seek medical treatment.
Although Gianforte was cited by local law enforcement with misdemeanor assault, he is expected to win the election and beat any charges on grounds of provocation. Provocation is legally defined as “a set of events that might be adequate to cause a reasonable person to lose self control, whereby a criminal act is less morally culpable than a premeditated act done out of pure malice.”