House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) has addressed the altercation between Republican congressional candidate Greg Gianforte and Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs at a campaign event in Montana. Gianforte allegedly “body slammed” Jacobs are the reporter asked about the Republican health care plan.
“There is no time that a physical altercation should occur with the press or just between human beings,” Ryan said in a press conference televised on CNN. “That is wrong and it should not have happened.”
“Should the gentleman apologize?” Ryan asked rhetorically, “Yeah, I think he should apologize.”
Ryan was somewhat open to Gianforte’s side of the story, saying, “I know he has his own version and I’m sure he’s going to have more to say, but there is no call for this under any circumstance. The people of Montana are going to decide today who they will send to Congress.”
When asked if he would seat Gianforte in the GOP caucus if he wins today’s special election, Ryan answered, “If he wins, he has been chosen by the people of Montana…. I am going to let the people of Montana decide who they want for their representative. That’s not our choice. The people of Montana decide that.”