After his election in May 2017, Gianforte was sentenced to serve 40 hours of community service and attend 20 hours of anger management classes for throwing the reporter to the ground and breaking his glasses. He went on to beat his Democratic challenger - country musician Rob Quist - and now represents Montana in the House of Representatives.
Mr Gianforte initially misled investigators about what had happened, falsely claiming that Jacobs had grabbed him by the wrist and pulled both of them to the floor, according to documents released under a court order following requests from news agencies.
Addressing a crowd of about 8,000 supporters on Thursday night, Trump said someone who performed a body-slam is "my guy".
"I shouldn't say this", he said, then adding "there's nothing to be embarrassed about".
At the rally, Trump urged people to vote for Gianforte, describing him as "an incredible Montana leader" and "one of the most respected people in Congress".
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"I shouldn't say that. He's going to lose the election". Rep. Greg Gianforte at a rally in Missoula, Montana, and as the president began his speech, he warned the crowd "never wrestle him".
President Trump blasted Democrat Senator Jon Tester for the second day in a row -this time calling him out for hypocrisy. I think it might help him.
Gianforte is now polling nine points ahead of Democratic challenger Kathleen Williams, in a state that has voted Republican in every presidential election since 1996, and elected Trump by a 20 point margin in 2016.
While often an ardent defender of President Trump, former Republican Sen.
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