Candidate for Congress allegedly body slams reporter

Republican Greg Gianforte allegedly body slammed Ben Jacobs, a reporter for The Guardian, after being asked about the GOP health care bill.
3:33 | 05/25/17

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you. To a contentious moment right here at moment. Voters at the polls today. Overnight the Republican candidate allegedly throwing a reporter to the ground. You'll hear the moment as it played out. The candidate has now been charged. A Fox News crew witnessing the whole thing, saying it did happen. But tonight, voters at the polls have two very different takes. ABC's Clayton Sandell is in Bozeman. Republican Greg gianforte, the frontrunner in Montana's special election, was about to do an interview with Fox News. That's when Ben Jacobs, a reporter for "The guardian", tried asking a question. In terms of the cbo score -- because, you know, you were waiting to make your decision about healthcare until you saw the bill, and it just came out. We'll talk to you about that later. Yeah, but there's not going to be time. Reporter: The reporter recording it all. I'm sick and tired of you guys. The last guy that came in here did the same thing. Get the hell out of here. The last guy did the same thing. Are you with "The guardian"? Yes, and you just broke my glasses. The last guy did the same damn thing. You just body slammed me and broke my glasses. Get the hell out of here. He grabbed the recorder, and the next thing I knew I went from being vertical to horizontal on the floor. Reporter: The campaign insisting he was just grabbing the phone that he said Jacobs pushed in his face. "It's unfortunate that this aggressive behavior from a liberal journalist created this scene. Reporter: But the Fox News crew said he wasn't the aggressor. I did see the whole thing when gianforte grabbed him by the neck, both hands, slid him to the side, body slammed him and then got on top of him and started punching and then yelling at him. Reporter: Today, gianforte nowhere to be seen -- cancelling appearances, his headquarters dark. And voters we talked to today were split. You didn't change your vote, why not. I don't think his, like, little stuff really affects -- I don't think Mr. Gianforte is ready for politics. Reporter: The hotly contested race seen as a test of support for the president, who just yesterday was praising gianforte in this robocall to voters. He's a wonderful guy. He knows how to win, he's going And Clayton with us live in Bozeman. Regardless if he's elected to congress, Paul Ryan saying this candidate owes an apology. Yes, he did. Paul Ryan said that he should apologize to voters but he also said voters here in Montana should decide his fate David. Okay, Clayton, thank you Next this ening to the breaking headline late today involving president trump's second try at a travel ban. Tonight an appeals court deciding the ban will remain on hold. At issue was this question -- should Donald Trump's words as a candidate matter now as a candidate. ABC's Mary Bruce on the hill tonight. Reporter: David, this all comes down to the president's own words. His call during the campaign for a Muslim ban now seems to be coming back to haunt him. Today, the 4th circuit ruled that the president's order to limit travel ban will remain on hold. It speaks with vague words of national security, but in context drips with ry religious. This is big setback for the president. They plan to appeal to the supreme court. Next tonight to that deadly suicide bombing in Manchester,

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