Greg Gianforte And The ‘Thug’ Politics Of The GOP | AM Joy | MSNBC


I TOOK AN ACTION I CANNOT TAKE
BACK. I’M NOT PROUD OF WHAT HAPPENED.
I SHOULD NOT HAVE TREATED THAT REPORTER THAT WAY.
FOR THAT, I’M SORRY, MR. BEN JACOBS.
>>WELL, NEW CONGRESSMAN ELECT GIANFORTE APOLOGIZED FOR
SLAMMING “GUARDIAN” REPORTING BEN JACOBS BUT ONLY AFTER
WINNING MONTANA’S SPECIAL ELECTION.
DESPITE BEING CHARGED WITH MD ASSAULT, HE NARROWLY DEFEATED
ROB QUIST ON THURSDAY. GIANFORTE FACES A COURT
APPEARANCE IN MONTANA NEXT MONTH.
JOINING ME MSNBC POLITICAL CONTRIBUTOR JASON JOHNSON AND
BREITBART NEWS REPORTER MICHELLE FIELDS.
THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE. INITIAL, YOU HAVE THE UNIQUE
RESUME FOR THIS SEGMENT OF HAVING HAD ENCOUNTERS WITH
CAMPAIGN PEOPLE WHO FEEL THAT JOURNALISTS ARE FAIR GAME WHEN
MR. CORY LEWANDOWSKI DECIDED TO SHOVE YOU OUT OF THE WAY AT AN
EVENT. DO YOU THINK THIS CULTURE OF
TREATING MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA AS PROPS AS CAMPAIGN TO BEBE JEERE
AT AS DONALD TRUMP DID WITH KATY TUR OR BOO THEM AND PHYSICALLY
ASSAULT THEM. IS THIS A THING IN THE
REPUBLICAN BASE AND WHY IS IT IF IT IS?
>>YES, UNFORTUNATELY IT IS THE THING.
CONSERVATIVES HAVE ALWAYS BEEN SKEPTICAL OF THE MEDIA.
THEY HAVE ALWAYS HAD A VERY WARY RELATIONSHIP WITH THEM.
THE REASON WHY, THEY FEEL LIKE THEY ARE ALL DEMOCRATS.
THEY ARE DEMOCRATS TRYING TO MAKE FUN OF THEM AND DON’T PUT
THE STORY OUT CORRECTLY. THE PROBLEM IS, I THINK THIS HAS
PENA NIETO VERY MUCH ACCELERATED DURING THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION.
IT’S NO LONGER THAT THEY DISTRUST THE MEDIA, THEY NOW
DESPISE THE MEDIA, AND IT’S CREATED THIS — IT SEEMS
EVERYTHING IS ENTIRELY SITUATIONAL.
IN THE CASE OF BEN JACOBS. IF BEN JACOBS HAD BEEN ATTACKED
BY A DEMOCRAT RATHER THAN A REPUBLICAN, I THINK BEN JACOBS
WOULD BE THE MEDIA DARLING OF THE RIGHT WING.
HE WOULD BE ON EVERY HEADLINE OF BREITBART, BACK-TO-BACK COVERAGE
ON FOX NEWS. BECAUSE IT IS A REPUBLICAN, IT’S
COMPLETELY DIFFERENT. SO EVERYTHING SEEMS VERY
SITUATION AM. BUT THIS ANTAGONISTIC
RELATIONSHIP TRUMP HAS WITH REPORTERS, I DON’T THINK THAT’S
GOING AWAY. I THINK THE CONSERVATIVE BASE IS
GOING TO CONTINUE TO HAVE THAT IT’S BEEN LIKE THAT FOR QUITE
SOMETIME. IT’S JUST STRONGER.
>>IT STARTS AT THE TOP, JASON. STARTS AT THE TOP.
THIS IS DONALD TRUMP WHO TOOK SOME TIME OUT OF HIS BIG BOY
TRIP ABROAD TO MAKE COMMENTS ABOUT GIANFORTE.
TAKE A LISTEN. GOING ONE STEP BELOW THAT, LESS LISTEN TO THE VARIOUS
REPUBLICANS WHO REFUSE TO REJECT GIANFORTE EVEN AFTER HE
ASSAULTED THE REPORTER. HAD THE HEAD OF THE NATIONAL
REPUBLICAN CAMPAIGN COMMITTEES, THE CHAIR, SAID FROM WHAT I KNOW
FOR GREG GIANFORTE, THIS IS TOTALLY OUT OF CHARACTER.
CHARLIE DENT SAYING, HE WAS CHARGED WE DON’T KNOW THE FACTS.
FRANKS FROM ARIZONA, THE LEFT HAS INTENSE CONFRONTATION
APPROACH. IF HE WINS, HE’LL HAVE WON
ELECTION FAIR AND SQUARE. A CONGRESSMAN FROM WISCONSIN, I
THINK HE’D BE VERY WELCOME HERE IN CONGRESS.
SEEMS LIKE A GOOD GUY. JUST ONE MORE, ONE MORE.
THIS IS A TWEET FROM THE GOVERNOR OF TEXAS, THE CURRENT
SITTING GOVERNOR OF TEXAS GREG ABBOTT SHOWING REPORTERS A
TARGET SHEET. I DON’T KNOW IF WE HAVE THIS
ELEMENT, THIS IS FROM MY PRODUCERS.
HE SAYS I’M GOING TO CARRY THIS AROUND IN CASE I SEE ANY
REPORTERS. THAT’S SUPPOSED TO BE A JOKE,
JASON. >>THIS IS DISGUSTING.
IT’S COWARDLY. THIS IS HOW DEMOCRACY DIES.
I’LL TART OFF WITH THIS, JOY. FIRST OFF, GIANFORTE SHOULD BE
ASHAMED OF HIMSELF. I HOPE THEY THROW THE BOOK AT
HIM EVEN THOUGH THE SHERIFF GAVE TO HIS CAMPAIGN.
IF YOU’RE NOT TOUGH ENOUGH, RESPONSIBLE ENOUGH, DISCIPLINED
ENOUGH TO TAKE QUESTIONS ABOUT THE BUDGET YOU’RE NOT
RESPONSIBLE ENOUGH TO GO TO WASHINGTON, D.C.
I PROMISE YOU, I PROMISE YOU IF YOU TRY A STUNT LIKE THIS WITH
SOME OF THE REPORTERS I KNOW IN D.C. YOU WILL SEE THESE HANDS IN
LAWSUITS IN WAYS YOU CAN’T COMPREHEND IN MONTANA.
THAT’S THE FIRST THING. THE SECOND THING, I THINK THIS
IS DANGEROUS NOT BECAUSE IT REPRESENTS A COWARDICE ON THE
PART OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES BUT A COWARDICE ON
THE PART OF A POLITICAL PARTY THAT HAS TO KNOW GOOD REPORTING
HELPS EVERYBODY. HAVING INVESTIGATIVE REPORTERS
HELPS EVERYBODY. IF YOU CLAIM THESE REPORTERS ARE
BAD AND TER IBLG UNDER THESE CIRCUMSTANCES YOU’RE GOING TO
MISS OUT WHEN THEY ARE INVESTIGATING THE OTHER SIDE.
IT’S DANGEROUS TO DEMOCRACY AND SHOULD BE AN EMBARRASSMENT TO
PAUL RYAN AND ANY REPUBLICAN WHO WANTS TO SUPPORT THIS GUY.
>>I’M NOT A BIG FAN OF THIS FOR THE VOTER.
THEY HAVE BEEN CRITICAL OF CULTURE, THEY HAVE TALKED ABOUT
HIP-HOP, RAP CULTURE BEING VIOLENT.
LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT A COUPLE OF EXAMPLES OF CULTURE INSIDE THE
REPUBLICAN PARTY. THERE WAS A CHILLING PICTURE
THAT CAME FROM — THIS IS NOVEMBER, THE DAY BEFORE THE
ELECTION. IT WAS A TRUMP RALLY, A MAN HAD
AM SHIRT, ROPE. TREE.
JOURNALIST. HE HASHTAGGED IT 2016.
ESSENTIALLY A LYNCHING MOTIF ON HIS SHIRT.
IN MONTANA, GIANFORTE VOTER TALKING AFTER SHE KNEW HE BEAT
UP BEN JACOBS. >>IT DIDN’T MAKE ME QUESTION MY
VOTE BECAUSE I THINK HE CAN DO A GOOD JOB.
HE HAS A BUSINESS BACKGROUND, AND I KNOW HIM PERSONALLY.
I THINK HE CAN DO A GOOD JOB. I THINK HE MADE A MISTAKE NOT
HOLDING HIS COOL. >>MICHELLE, THIS IS SOMEBODY
NOT ONLY VIOLENT WITH THIS REPORTER, HE HAS A HISTORY OF
BEING ERACH, HE’S TIED TO A SUSPECTED WHITE NATIONALIST AND
SAYING, I WASN’T AWARE OF SOME OF HIS VIEWS.
HE’S TIED TO A PASTOR WHO WROTE THAT BLACK FAMILIES WERE
STRONGER UNDER SLAVERY. THIS IS NOT AN UNKNOWN QUANTITY.
HE’S A GUY WITH A BAD HISTORY, A THUGGISH PRESENCE AND YET THE
VOTERS OF MONTANA ARE FINE WIT. >>I’M A CONSERVATIVE.
I CANNOT DEFEND THAT. THAT’S JUST ABSOLUTELY HORRIBLE.
I DO THINK YOU’RE RIGHT IN A SENSE THAT IT COMES FROM THE
TOP. REPUBLICAN PARTY AS
CONSERVATIVES WE ALWAYS LIKE TO SAY WE’RE THE PARTY OF PERSONAL
RESPONSIBILITY. IF YOU DO SOMETHING WRONG, YOU
ASK FOR FORGIVENESS, APOLOGIZE AND DO BETTER.
WE BELIEVE IN THE RULE OF LAW, LAW AND ORDER.
IT DOES SEEM NOW WITH CONSERVATIVES, NOT ALL
CONSERVATIVES BUT MANY HIGH-PROFILE CONSERVATIVES
RATHER SUPPORT AND TAKE THE SIDE OF THE PARTY THAN THE SIDE OF
CIVILITY, HUMAN DECENCY. YOU SAW, I DON’T KNOW, LAURA
INGRAHAM, A BIG CONSERVATIVE
BASICALLY APPLAUDING THIS, THAT BEN JACOBS DIDN’T GO AND FIGHT
BACK. HE GOT HIS LUNCH MONEY TAKEN
AWAY. THIS IS NOT CONSERVATIVE, VERY
UNCONSERVATIVE. >>NOT SINCE THE CAINING OF
CHARLES SUMNER BY A PRO SLAVERY SOUTH CAROLINA SENATOR HAVE WE
SEEN THIS MAINSTREAMING VIOLENCE.
IT HAS HAPPENED BEFORE. IT IS HAPPENING AGAIN.
JASON JOHNSON BACK LATER IN THE SHOW.
NEW TO THE

Maurice Vega

82 Responses

  1. the only kind of "rule of law" that conservatives actually believe in is just the rule of one class over all the others, – conservatism came into existence as a reaction against democracy, and it does not care for any laws that would ever make conservatives have to be responsible for their actions – conservatives are the antithesis of personal responsibility – they project and blame ad nauseam others and think themselves infallible and above the law – just look at the GOP when in congress they go after and try to destroy ethics watchdogs – they are like an Auto Immune Disease on the body politic.

  2. you did what any republican in the trump era would have done the press is the enemy you treated him as such im sure the don is pleased so you only apologized because you got cought otherwise it would be business as usual

  3. ill bet any money that nothing would come of this charges would be droped and nothing will come of it guaranteed its not like he laugh at sessions now thats a real crime

  4. I wouldn't be surprised if going forward only criminals run as Republicans. All they have to do is hate the same people as the base does.

  5. Good thing this POS is white and rich or he would be in jail awaiting a 5-10 year prison sentence as soon as he steps in front of the white judge.

  6. Gianforte will bring Thugocratic leadership to Montana which will now be known as the Big Lie Country. Watch for the new license plates.

  7. I find it funny that the very people who criticize hillary and other democrats for having too much weird wealth being thrown at them, choose their politicians based off of the amount of money he/she has. They expect us to sympathize with them when it comes time to vote. Ridiculous.

  8. He is a Common Poor White Trash Thug and Trump is the Gang King Pen the US is going down the toilet with Trump as the leader

  9. when eva i come to american politics i ask myself why republicans r always cowboy like & get away with almost everything that democrats can't even dare try. Do Repubs perceive themselves more american thus bold enough.

  10. He admits to assaulting a man and wins an election afterwards, the people of that state are disgusting and inhuman for electing him. The Republicans have no decency, I see minorities being abused in the future by the authorities and them throwing a celebration party. The United States is truly a disgusting and evil country, welcome to modern day fascism.

  11. I would like that this Punk Gianforte make the same mistake with me. Let's find out who's getting slammed.

  12. Conservatives believe rule of law applies to others and not to them, they commit criminal acts and simply resolve it by "apologizing" to the victim, please don't make me laugh.

  13. He should openly wear brass knuckles on both his ape hands and be primed to unleash metal to jaws of any journalist who asks the wrong question. GOP and their surrogates are a disgrace to everything good this country stands for.

  14. Greg Gianforte, embarrassing a great country in the eyes of the whole world. Way to go you pasty egg headed hick.

  15. "Oh sorry I body slammed you and broke your glasses because I didn't like your question." Shades of what happens under a dictatorship. Having been caught in a country with a strong dictator and seen the power of such a person toward his citizens and those travelling within the country, I find this incident to be pretty scary.

  16. Democrat, republican, independent, the man is NOT fit to hold office, period. He'll just pay a small fine and that's it. He amassed hundreds of thousands in campaign contributions, what's 500 bucks? The problem is he's not sorry.

  17. he's lucky he picked on a peaceful person. whats wrong with the trump voters and the republican party. never mind….we know ! the christians have made a pact with the devil. stupid ! obama was such a great president and a greater man. trump is embarrassing !

  18. If the reporter was in Florida, had a concealed fire arm carry license, he could've shot him dead right there, and it would've been perfectly legal.

  19. WHEN U BODY SLAM SOMEONE ESPECIALLY & THEN CONTINUS TO PUNCH THATS OVER THE TOP & U ARE THE AGRESSOR ,THEY USUALLY TAKE THE RIDE EVEN IF THEY GET RIGHT OUT THE AGRESSOR GOES TO JAIL ON THE SPOT THATS BS BODY SLAMMED IS WHAT ITS CALLED THAT REPOTER COULD HAVE BACK BODY DAMANGE HEAD INJURIES HE IS A BETTER MAN THAN ME

  20. Come on Mrs.Montana…he's hit you many times. One does not behave this extreme to a simple question. OR IS THE HEALTHCARE THAT BAD

  21. Conservatives are devoid of rational thought. Simply steeple being led by greedy sociopaths that raise the level of vitriol against others by being judgemental, all the while attempting to claim to be the most theocratic. Just as Jesus would have done according to these people I suppose.

  22. "Good reporting helps everybody."

    No, not when you have a party that acts like the mob. How would answering a question on healthcare and admitting the GOP is gutting the underclass help Gianforte's campaign. He knows that his constituents demand blood literally.

  23. He's a White Nationalist??!!! That's just a added BONUS for the republican base. I 'll say it again, I don't know how any decent human being can associate with the republican party. It has become a cartoon cast of an evil group of super villains.

  24. "We're the party of personal responsibility." LOL! The GOP is the party of pointing fingers and obfuscation.

  25. It's really nice to see some (certainly not all or even most) conservative journalists condemn Gianforte. It was Fox news reporters who basically told us Gianforte's "version" of the event was complete BS, after all. Good to see some of them put integrity over party. Now if only the rest, and the government republicans, would do the same.

  26. the reporter burst into a room he wasn't allowed in shoved a mic in another persons face would not leave..and then he got whooped for it by a congressman (that still won). god bless america.
    but apparently this reporter is the decent human being here:)

  27. Gianforte CANNOT appologize for what he did. He was running for office and BEHAVED like a freaking CAVEMAN – PERIOD!
    There is no ignoring that … This is not exaptable and therefor he MUST GO!

  28. And I thought Republicans had great respect for the media/1st Amendment (at least that what FOX News claims).

  29. Come here to get evening dose of laughing at Americans, you never disappoint at your levels of vileness and stupidity, cheers anyway.

  30. The only thing LESS popular than Trump and the GOP is Hilary and the DNC, so of course the DNC will run Hillary in 2020.

  31. Look, I am a total Liberal and do think the press is under attack. But pointing out that his apology "only occurred after he won the election" is just dumb. His apology can the very next day. He would have won anyhow. And finally, his apology did sound from his heart. I do agree with the lawsuit. I am not sure how I feel about his taking office but that might not be based on the facts and on my prejudice.

  32. One thing they got wrong is that good reporting doesn't help everybody. Good reporting hurts republicans because good reporting involves exposing the truth. The truth about republicans is extremely ugly so the only way they've been able to sustain themselves is through lies.

  33. Montanans don't care because if it had been them in that situation, they would have done the same thing. No other explanation for their agreement with this disgusting action.

  34. Thug. You should be stripped of your office. Montana is stupid & violent for electing u. I will never give sales tax dollars to backward Montana. Ignorant people.

  35. Greg Geofonte is not even a native Montanan. He is from New Jersey if I'm not mistaken.

    I also find it interesting how Montana currently has a Democratic governor twice elected.

    Yet is as red a state as they come or is it? Montana's last Governor was also a Democrat in Brian Schweitzer.

    That's two Democratic governors in the last three elections. Would be interested to see what exactly is going on in Montana. :b

  36. Typical Brightbart flunkie – "if it had been a Democrat people would be happy" – that is pure BS. Give one example of where this has been the case? If you say a Democrat hasn't done this, well thanks for showing that Democrats know how to act like adults. Before you go distracting from the real issue with baseless speculation, get some real facts, not those alternative facts you idiots love.

  37. His true nature, a RETHUGLICAN! They don't respect the Constitution or non rethuglicans rights as Americans!

  38. I really mourn that white supremacists who assaults people and get their moral guidance from people who think that black families were stronger under slavery is leading this country and shaping its laws…I am so disappointed to the point that I just feel like we are so far gone that there is nothing that we can do to fix this terrible country full of racists.

  39. Putin does much the same sort of thing to journalists – only he takes it further… he kills them. Is the USA moving to Putin-style aggression and intimidation? The USA's political executive's close ties to Russia are manifesting themselves in many ways – they seem to be learning from Putin – and putting into practice similar tactics. I would not be surprised to learn of some journalist meeting a sad end somewhere in a Washington park, because of his or her persistence in getting a story.

  40. The Trumpeter supporters LAUGHED at twenty murdered children of Newtown; you think they care that a Trumpsterite shoved a reporter!?

  41. I, for one, will take what this newly elected politician says to heart. When I shake his hand, I'll make sure to knock out a couple teeth with my other, brass knuckle wrapped hand.

    "Ooopsie!" I'll say. "Sowwy!"

    If both the rule of law and his own electoral base (which is as criminal as he is), then let natural law rule.

  42. the Grand Old Spineless Party has been this way for some time. why debate someone when you can just punch them?? they hate the media because it doesnt confirm their preconceived biases. SAD!

  43. I love it! Trump supporters reactions are just like his. Vulgar, crass uncouth and unintelligible..

  44. Gianforte will always known as "the aggressor"because he want to be a politician that instead answering uncomfortable question prefer to body slam reporters or maybe even other people.

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