Gianforte's team released a statement that attemped to shift blame to the reporter, saying in part: "Jacobs entered the office without permission, aggressively shoved a recorder in Greg's face, and began asking badgering questions".
Bruising by Jacobs' right eye did not alter the outcome of a normal eye exam performed by ophthalmologist and surgeon Andrew F Kolker. In any other universe, that politician's career would've disintegrated in a heartbeat, but in our bad universe, he actually won the election and left Jacobs with nothing but a broken pair of glasses and a new understanding of just how much this country's scummier politicians hate reporters these days.
Washington media museum Newseum requested the broken pair for display, and Jacobs happily obliged.
The incident roiled the heated race between Gianforte and Democrat Rob Quist over the House seat vacated by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.
The altercation between Gianforte and reporter Ben Jacobs occurred last Wednesday afternoon, less than 24 hours before polls opened, at Gianforte's campaign headquarters in Bozeman, Montana. Jacobs said the candidate, who went on to win the election the following day, body-slammed him and broke his glasses. "And for that, I'm sorry".