Since we are young, we are taught to use violence as an absolute last resort. But when being harassed, using violence tends to become more of a viable and acceptable option. That’s what happened this past week in Montana.
Recorded audio depicts Ben Jacobs, a reporter for the UK Guardian, attempting to interview Greg Gianforte on the Republican health care plan. The audio begins with Gianforte telling Jacobs “We’ll talk to you about that later” To which Jacobs replied with “Yeah, but there’s not going to be time, I was just curious.” Gianforte replies with “Ok, Speak with Shane please.” However, afterwards you can hear that Jacobs kept pressing the issue on Gianforte, and Gianforte ‘body-slammed’ him to the ground due to that, according to the media. Gianforte then claims that a previous reporter from the very same ‘news’ organization did the same thing, harassing him about the issue.
Now, let’s keep in mind, the media LOVES to spin things in the Left’s favor. The audio clip depicted Gianforte seemingly snapping on Jacobs for no good reason within the first 3 seconds. We don’t know what happened in the moments prior. Gianforte himself says that other reporters from the Guardian were provoking him the exact same way, so it’s understandable that he would feel frustrated with them. I mean, we all feel frustrated with the media and have been frustrated with them for a long time. This frustration didn’t start in the 2016 presidential election, either. This has been going on for a very long time.
This frustration, however, has only grown in the last couple of years. With the media reporting fake news and lying about every little detail of Trump’s campaign and administration so far, people not only have stopped believing the MSM, they’ve become frustrated with them for what they report. Gianforte is no different. Particularly if he himself is being harassed by an anti-Trump liberal “reporter”.
The official campaign statement on the matter says that Jacobs “entered the office without permission, aggressively shoved a recorder in Greg’s face, and began asking badgering questions… Jacobs was asked to leave… After asking Jacobs to lower the recorder, Jacobs declined. Greg then attempted to grab the phone that was pushed to his face. Jacobs grabbed Greg’s wrist, and spun away from Greg, pushing them both to the ground… It’s unfortunate that this aggressive behavior from a liberal journalist created this scene at our campaign volunteer BBQ”.
And the audio depicts most of those things happening. It depicts Jacobs being asked to leave and talk to campaign spokesman Shane Scanlon. It also depicts Jacobs declining to do so. The only thing that’s up in the air is whether Gianforte ‘body-slammed’ Jacobs during the altercation. The only reason being is that all we have depicting the incident is the audio-recording and eye-witness accounts from other members of the media (fake news media, including a Fox News reporter) and people in Gianforte’s campaign. And while the MSM news sources will stick to their own stories, the one Fox News reporter, Alicia Acuna changed hers. Initially, she believed to have seen Gianforte grab Jacobs by the neck, but now she says that, while she did see Gianforte’s hands go up, they may have been directed at Jacobs’ clothes.
So, when you think about it, that account supports the official campaign story that Gianforte tried to grab the phone. If Ms. Acuna only remembers seeing Gianforte’s hands go up, they could’ve been directed at Jacobs’ hands which held the phone the campaign report mentions, not his neck or clothes.
Now, regardless of what happened, whether Gianforte body-slammed Jacobs to the ground or they both fell down, I think this is a sign of strength. This shows that Gianforte isn’t someone you can just mess with. If Gianforte and Jacobs both fell to the ground, it shows Gianforte being strong enough to not let an arrogant socialist ‘reporter’ get away with harassing him and being annoying.
And I’m not the only one who thinks that was a sign of strength either. I’ve heard multiple people call into the Rush Limbaugh show saying how Jacobs had it coming, and that Gianforte was simply standing up for himself. I’ll be honest, I thought much the same thing when I first heard the news of it and the audio soundbite. There’s only so much b.s. any person can take, especially from liberal news organizations and reporters harassing you if you’re conservative.
We must be able to stand up for ourselves when we are harassed by anyone. We can’t let them do whatever they want. Because we know that harassment comes from those who are and do evil. It comes from those who don’t believe other people have the same rights that they do. And so:
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.”
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