>> When you make a mistake, you have to own up to it.>> The man who won Montana's special election for congress pleading guilty Monday to assaulting a reporter. Greg Gianforte, a republican, was ordered to perform 40 hours of community service and receive 20 hours of anger management training.
The criminal charge stemming from an altercation between John Forte and a reporter for The Guardian newspaper. The journalist asked the candidate a question about his position on a republican healthcare bill. The candidate then knocked the reporter to the floor, breaking his glasses. Gianforte initially blamed the journalist for the dustup.
He later apologized and pledged to donate $50,000 to a non-profit dedicated to press freedom and safety.>> I should not have treated that reporter that way. And for that, I'm sorry, Mr. Ben Jacobs.>> The judge on Wednesday also handing down a six month deferred jail sentence, if Gianforte fails to meet the community service and anger management requirements.
Gianforte will represent Montana in the US House of Representatives.