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(Un)Representative Democracy: Reflections on the 1st Amendment
and the Body-Slamming of The Guardian Reporter Ben Jacobs
by Montana Congressional Candidate Greg Gianforte

Jeff Flake (R-AZ)

“This looks like a group [of reporters]
that has not been body-slammed.’’

Louie Gohmert (R-TX)

“We didn’t have a course ‘
on body slammin’ when I went
to school—I missed that course.”

Duncan Hunter (R-CA)

“It’s not appropriate behavior
unless the reporter deserved it.”

Mark Sanford (R-SC)

“I think people will be careful
not to make him mad.”

Leonard Lance (R-NJ)

“I of course hope
that the Republican is successful

today, because I think his views are
the views of the people of Montana.

Greg Gianforte’s (R-MT) Campaign Spokesperson

“It is unfortunate
that this aggressive behavior

from a liberal journalist
created this scene.”


Republican candidate charged with assault after ‘body-slamming’ Guardian reporter [Guardian]
Greg Gianforte, Montana Republican, Captures House Seat Despite Assault Charge [New York Times]
Republicans respond with jokes, platitudes after candidate is charged with assault of reporter [Think Progress]

Abigail Carl-Klassen has been published in ZYZZYVA, Cimarron Review, Guernica, Aster(ix) and Post Road. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and Best New Poets 2015. She earned an MFA from the University of Texas El Paso’s Bilingual Creative Writing Program and taught at El Paso Community College and the University of Texas El Paso.

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