Welp, now we can guess why Gianforte wasn't immediately arrested: Brian Gootkin, sheriff investigating the assault, is a Gianforte donor.
— Matt McDermott (@mattmfm) May 25, 2017
Source close to the Gianforte campaign tells NBC News they’ve raised $100,000+ online in last 24 hours—most coming after the alleged assault
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) May 25, 2017
Every time I’ve dipped into Twitter today it’s been full of the same voices that were shaming liberals over the nazi-punching cheering for this reporter getting beat up. So apparently it’s bad to punch a nazi, but okay to beat up a reporter asking a question.
If you missed it, Republican candidate Greg Gianforte choked, punched, and slammed Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs to the ground yesterday when Jacobs had the audacity to ask Gianforte a question about the CBO scoring of Republicare.
- The Guardian: Republican candidate charged with assault after ‘body-slamming’ Guardian reporter
- Fox News: Greg Gianforte: Fox News team witnesses GOP House candidate ‘body slam’ reporter
- The Atlantic: A Transcript of the Greg Gianforte ‘Body-Slam’ Audio
- New York Times: Assault Charge for Gianforte Lifts Democrats’ Montana Election Hopes
That Gianforte douche’s probably going to win his election tonight, by the way.
Meanwhile, I guess Trump lost a handshake fight today, and then called the German people “evil, very evil” or “bad, very bad” (depending on the translation) for selling lots of cars in the US. Awesome. 😒
Also, apparently the FBI is looking into Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and advisor. Word broke last week that the FBI was sniffing around the upper echelons of Team Trump, and everyone guessed they were after Kushner, but NBC’s got sources confirming it.
We did get some good news today: the 4th circuit court ruled on Trump’s Muslim ban today and they’re not going to reinstate it. No ban, folks.
Finally, the Senate is about to head for home on recess – next week, I believe. Now is the time to corner your representative (especially if they’re GOP) and give them an entire earful of your opinions on the gawdawful hot mess that is Republicare. It doesn’t matter what you think of Obamacare – trust me, you’re gonna be worse off under the Republican plan.
Word on the street is that not one single GOP senator has the balls to hold a town hall during this recess. So call. Hold “empty chair” town halls. Invite the Democrat from the next district over to come have a town hall on the GOP’s behalf. Show up at their offices. Protest at their offices. Call again. Give ’em hell, people.
PS: This just came up in my feed, too.
Wall Street Journal: How Alleged Russian Hacker Teamed Up With Florida GOP Operative (.pdf) – “The hacking spree that upended the presidential election wasn’t limited to Democratic National Committee memos and Clinton-aide emails posted on websites. The hacker also privately sent Democratic voter-turnout analyses to a Republican political operative in Florida named Aaron Nevins.”
I hate to go all tinfoil hat here, but man, it really is starting to seem like the whole frickin’ GOP is in Russia’s pocket.