Remember Greg Gianforte? I know, there’s a lot of news to keep up with, and this was way back at the end of May, about 23 Trump Years ago. Anyway, Gianforte is the new Republican Congressman from Montana who, the night before his special election, was charged with assaulting a reporter.
Of course, being a Republican (in Montana), pleading guilty to the assault charge likely helped him get elected. Regardless, he suffered almost no consequences: Deferred jail, a fine, and some community service. By writing a letter of apology (he didn’t even call the guy), Gianforte even managed to avoid a civil lawsuit.
Now good ol’ Greg is doing what all the hypocrite Republicans are doing after the congressional baseball shooting: Calling on other people to be nice. It’s a bit more ironic coming from Gianforte, though. He did his first national interview since he brutalized Ben Jacobs of The Guardian when he sat down with the AP:
I think you can never erase history. I can’t erase it, but I did do everything in my power once the event was over to take responsibility. I believe that good things can come out of bad. It’s important to make sure we reach out to all parties and hear their voice. I think the other parties have an obligation, as well, to be respectful and in that dialogue.
Greg Gianforte will be sworn in on Wednesday. No word yet on whether the ceremony will be in costume or not.
Gianforte joins Kellyanne Conway, who couldn’t quite get through her plea for niceness without alluding to celebrations after her own death, in ironically calling for a dialing-back of rhetoric following the shooting. The new congressman continued to have a hard time addressing his own violent behavior. The AP reports that in the span of a single 30-minute interview, Gianforte repeated his desire to move on no less than nine times:
I have addressed the issue. I think I’ve been very clear, I’ve taken full responsibility. I’m not proud of what happened that evening, but I have accepted full responsibility and both Ben and I, and I think the people of Montana, want us to move on.
Gianforte was convicted less than a week ago. He moves on pretty fast.
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