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By Jonah Bennett

The former Navy SEAL who allegedly shot Osama bin Laden has called the reporter who was body slammed by Republican Representative-elect Greg Gianforte in Montana a “snowflake.”

Robert O’Neill, the former SEAL also from Montana, appeared Thursday on the show “The Specialists” by Fox News to say that the incident of Gianforte body slamming Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs was “kind of funny based on my history.”

“All of a sudden, what happened there in Montana, apparently this snowflake reporter invaded Gianforte’s safe space,” O’Neill said. “And we have a saying up there you know if you mess around, you mess around and you might not be around.”

Ben Jacobs apparently pushed Gianforte for an answer on the American Health Care Act, and in response, Gianforte grabbed Jacobs the throat, threw him to the ground and broke his glasses in the process.

“Granted, I’m not condoning the body slam,” O’Neill said. “I think it’s kind of funny based on my history. But you know, you try to mess with it sometimes, you’ll get the bull’s horns in Montana.”

Gianforte was subsequently charged with misdemeanor assault and then proceeded to win the special election by slightly over 50 percent (181, 255 votes) for the open House seat in Montana, which was left vacant after Ryan Zinke left Congress to become secretary of the Interior in the Trump administration.

During his acceptance speech, Gianforte apologized to Jacobs.

Numerous members in the excited crowd shouted: “You’re forgiven.”

Voters didn’t seem to care about Gianforte’s body slamming of Jacobs. One Republican voter, Karen Screnartold CNN: We’ve watched how the press is one-sided. Excuse me, that’s how I feel. [They’re] making him their whipping boy so to speak through this campaign. There comes a point where, stop it.”

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  • Sheepdog Smokey

    While I do not condone or support violence as a response to words, this is a case of a man badgering another for an answer he stated he would not give. If you get in my face and just keep going and going about something I have told you “see that guy over there about it” I will get angry. My primary complaint about this, however, is again, the blatant hypocrisy from the media. UC Berkeley students AND STAFF assaulted conservative students for inviting a speaker they didn’t like to campus. Far less than “invading personal space” or badgering on a point. In one case a student was ASSAULTED WITH A BIKE CHAIN AND LOCK, that is, in my book, tantamount to attempted murder, as he suffered head trauma from it. So, when the media that lies about UCB being full of “do only what I tell you, or I will assault and try to kill you, and no one can stop me” thugs, I have a hard time feeling anything in the way of pity for them, other than just a general sense of pity for the sad, hate filled lives they must live.

  • Ok so wait… the reporter was wrong because he wouldn’t leave a question unanswered. So he does his job and pushes for an answer. Why is he expected to underperform his job so as not to make anyone upset, but Gianforte is not expected to control his emotions and his clearly violent temper so as not to assault members of the public?
    If he is so sensitive and delicate that he can’t handle being pressed for answers he owes the citizens as a public servant, he has NO business being in politics. He should take his blankie and juice and head for a safe spot.
    Also, he could try visiting a kindergarten. They have managed to learn to keep their hands to themselves EVEN when they’re angry.

    Careful patting yourselves on the back, your sensitive thin skin might bruise.

  • maddog23

    Bad puss is very motivated below. Bottom line is how weak and spineless this reporter was in his assumption that there will never be a reaction for his own rudeness. It will be decried, “but it was his job to act that way!” Real men are prone to break the mold laid over society by the sex-blurred, castrated metro-sexual crowd.

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