Montana Republican House candidate Greg Gianforte is a thug.
The authoritarian Republican thug was annoyed by the questions from a journalist, and apparently grabbed him by the neck and threw him to the ground.
The extreme Right’s war on journalism is getting violent. Let's be clear. Journalism-hating thugs with a political agenda are fascists.
An editorial in the Helena Independent Record described the paper as “sick and tired of Gianforte’s incessant attacks on the free press.”
“In the past, he has encouraged his supporters to boycott certain newspapers, singled out a reporter in a room to point out that he was outnumbered, and even made a joke out of the notion of choking a news writer, and these are not things we can continue to brush off,” the paper’s editorial staff wrote Thursday.
Last month, a voter at a Gianforte town hall pointed out a journalist in the room, called the media “the enemy” and mimed the act of wringing a neck.
Gianforte smiled and pointed at the reporter.
“We have someone right here,” he said, according to the Ravalli Republic. “It seems like there are more of us than there is of him.”
Fascists are bullies. Fascists body slam journalists. Liberals do not.
The difference is as clear as it is between Trump and Obama. And Obama wasn’t even that liberal.
One is a decent human being. The other is not. One is well-informed and educated. The other is not. One was demonized as a foreign Muslim. The other is our gift from the Republican Party and conservatives.
The ugly monster of “Lügenpresse” has returned. “Lügenpresse” was a Nazi slur shouted at a Trump rally.
Critics of Hitler’s regime were frequently referred to as members of the “Lügenpresse apparatus.”… “Lügenpresse” (lying press) was an important component under propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels.
And yes, it is reasonable to invoke similarities to Nazis when noting fascist behavior. Look at the open hate at Trump rallies. “Lock her up!” was chanted by the liar and Russian tool Flynn. Kremlin Don has cozied up to Russia and called American journalism the “enemy of the people”.
The Nazis were defeated. Fascism survives, and Republican fascists are coming out of the woodwork.
Other Republican thugs rallied to Gianforte’s defense.
Trent Franks: “The left has precipitated this tense, confrontational approach…”
Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) : “It’s not appropriate behavior. Unless the reporter deserved it.”
Brent Bozell: “Jacobs is an obnoxious, dishonest first class jerk. I'm not surprised he got smacked.”
This is your brain on American con-servatism folks. This is fascism.
Resist and persist.