( Daily Mail ) Republican candidate Greg Gianforte used his victory speech after winning the Montana special election on Thursday to apologize for body-slamming a Guardian journalist the day before.
Within minutes of being declared the winner, Gianforte appeared on stage at his campaign headquarters in Bozeman, Montana, with his wife Susan.
Between chants of ‘drain the swamp’ from his gathered supporters, he found a moment to apologize to reporter Ben Jacobs who he ‘body-slammed’ the previous day.
‘Last night, I made a mistake and I took an action that I can’t take back and I’m not proud of what happened.
‘I should not have responded in the way that I did…I should not have treated that reporter that way and for that I am sorry, Mr Ben Jacobs,’ he said.
It was a marked change from the campaign statement he issued on Wednesday which blamed the scuffle on ‘liberal journalist’ Jacobs and came after calls from House Speaker Paul Ryan who implored him to apologize.
Gianforte won the election with 50.4 percent of the vote over his Democrat opponent Rob Quist’s 43.9.