Republican Gianforte apologizes to the reporter he assaulted in his victory speech

"In light of the physical and figurative assaults on our journalists and real news, we at Pi want to thank the hardworking reporters, producers, editors, photographers, videographers and all those who deliver us critical and round-the-clock news", the St. Louis eatery said in a tweet showcasing the deal. Though Democratic lawmakers had no problem castigating Gianforte for the alleged assault, few Republicans complained about his behavior.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and used the Wednesday night incident, involving reporter Ben Jacobs of The Guardian, in online and radio ads to spur last-minute voter registration and turnout.

At his election night rally in Bozeman on Thursday, Gianforte apologized for his behavior.

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin denounced the attack and called on Mr Gianforte, 56, to apologise.

Since around two-thirds of votes were cast before Election Day, the effect of the assault charge against Gianforte was unclear. "I should not have responded in the way that I did, and for that I am sorry".

The homepage for Gianforte's Congressional campaign. One of Greg's supporters shouted that they had forgiven him, but the congressmen-elect knew that there was one person he needed to apologize to personally.

The Montana special election was for the seat vacated when former GOP Rep. Ryan Zinke was named Interior Secretary by President Donald Trump. When you make a mistake, you have to own up to it. According to audio footage and witness testimony of Fox News reporters, Gianforte grabbed Jacobs by the neck, threw him to the floor, and punched him in the face, breaking his glasses and putting him in the hospital.

Though the altercation between Jacobs and Gianforte has received the most attention, he is most certainly not the first journalist to endure an attack at the hands of a disgruntled politician.

Kelly said there are 114 other Republican-held districts with more favorable partisan makeups for Democrats than the Montana seat. "He will bring that experience to Congress, where he will be a valuable voice in the House Republican Conference".

"Great win in Montana", he offered. His win represents a temperature-taking of America's heartland regarding the Republican party-it suggests they still stand behind President Donald Trump-as well as a ringing endorsement of violence against the press.