The incident caused Montana's three largest newspapers to pull their endorsement of Greg, but the incident had little effect on the election. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle refused to endorse either candidate. "Ben Jacobs", Gianforte said, referring to the Guardian reporter who said Gianforte "body-slammed" him during a campaign event the night before. "[We] watched in disbelief as Gianforte then began punching the reporter".
Gianforte is scheduled to appear in county court sometime before 7 June - the charge carries a maximum fine of $500 or a prison term of no more than six months.
"When you make a mistake, you have to own up to it, that's the Montana way", Greg Gianforte, 56, said after winning the Montana special election on May 25, according to The Guardian. That's the Montana way. I should not have responded the way that I did.
Gianforte stressed to his supporters that his recent behavior would not be reflected in his upcoming work in Washington. It was a closer margin than the 2016 presidential race in Montana, which Mr Trump beat Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton 56 to 35 per cent. Media called the special election to replace Ryan Zinke, who now is Trump's Secretary of the Interior, an early test of Trump's popularity, which POTUS acknowledged in an unsolicited shout-out from the G7 summit in Italy.
"Great win in Montana", President Trump told reporters in Italy, where he's attending a Group of Seven summit, after tech millionaire Greg Gianforte won the statewide contest for Montana's only House seat over Democrat Rob Quist, a political novice and musician.
"No, it did not change because we're all imperfect, and we've all made mistakes, and unfortunately, he made a bad choice", said one voter.
Gianforte campaign spokesman Shane Scanlon said the candidate was in a private office giving a TV interview when Jacobs entered without permission.
"And to see this person who wants to be the one representative into the House of Representatives from Montana be sort of a wannabe Trump - you know, use language like that, treat people harshly like that - that's his model". After his campaign initially issued a statement blaming the reporter, Gianforte stayed out of sight until the polls closed Thursday evening.
"We obviously need to condemn any and all violence against reporters and violence in the public square", Senator Ben Sasse, R-Neb., told CBN News. Gianforte said after trying to dodge a question.