MONTANA: Republican Leader Says She “Would Have Shot” Reporter Body-Slammed By Greg Gianforte

The Guardian reports:

A Montana Republican party official “would have shot” Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs if he had approached her as he did Greg Gianforte, who assaulted Jacobs one day before he was elected to Congress.

Jacobs approached Gianforte in May, in a room where he was about to give a television interview. The Republican slammed Jacobs to the floor, breaking his glasses, and then punched him several times.

“If that kid had done to me what he did to Greg, I would have shot him,” Karen Marshall, vice-president of programs for Gallatin County Republican Women told the Voice of Montana radio program on Thursday.

“That kid came on private property, came into a private building, and went into a very private room that I would not even have gone into,” Marshall said. “It was a setup. A complete setup. He just pushed a little too hard.”

The Helena Independent Record reports:

Marshall hung up on a reporter Friday morning, saying “I don’t really speak to reporters” before the line went dead. Gianforte, through a spokesman Friday, strongly denounced Marshall’s remarks.

“Greg disagrees with those remarks, repudiates them and remains focused on being a strong voice for Montana in Washington,” spokesman Travis Hall said. The event was a picnic, to which several members of statewide media were invited. At the time of the assault, Gianforte was preparing to do an interview with Fox television reporters.

  • safari

    Party of Death.

  • Jay Mills

    Every day seems to bring a new GOP death threat.

  • Lazycrockett

    The place wasn’t private and several including Ben reporters had been invited.

    • Ross


      You know perfectly well that Republicans aren’t reality based!

      • FAEN

        Not even close.

    • Christian1234567

      Fox News reporters (from the local affiliate) were the witnesses who confirmed Ben’s account about supremacist Gianforte assaulting him.

      • Nychta

        And when Fox reporters support Ben, there’s no doubt he was attacked.

  • Fifth-and-a-Half Element
  • Tatonka

    I suspect Karen Marshall could talk for hours and hours listing the people and things she would like to shoot.

    • Chucktech

      And you know that list would include coloreds, queers and mexakins.

  • Snarky

    “That kid came on private property, came into a private building, and went into a very private room that I would not even have gone into,” Marshall said.

    He was there for a press briefing. A local TV station witnessed the event because they were setting up their shot at the time. The press was INVITED. These fucking bags of fuck with their fucking magical thinking, like facts have no meaning and all that matters is the fairy tales they spin.

    The Committee to Protect Journalists says that 30 journalists have been killed so far this year. 259 were imprisoned last year. 55 are missing. So fuck her and her fucking attacks on journalists, she’s complicit in the kind of atmosphere that encourages violence.

    • Christian1234567

      The local TV station reporters who witnessed the event were from the FOX affiliate, and they knew supremacist Gianforte was in the wrong. Anyone who supports what he did is scary. Even Gianforte finally admitted that what he did was wrong.

    • jerry

      You have to have magical thinking to be a Republican these days, from their “trickle down” economics, denial of global warming and science in general, their pandering to religion, the utopia they will create with “free markets” and deregulation, overturning Roe v. Wade will end all abortions, to the belief that more guns will mean less crime.

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    • Charles Nelson

      Everything is ‘private’ to Republicans as soon as their actions start to look bad.

      • Snarky

        With them, everything is “private” except for a uterus, a marriage ceremony, a conversation with your doctor.

    • JCF

      So…let me get this straight.

      You’re saying the Rethuglican…



  • another_steve

    Such nice people, the Republicans. I feel it appropriate now to send them the Evil Eye. This is a very potent culturally Jewish curse, reserved by my people for the truly evil.

    Please divert your eyes if you suffer from glaucoma or frequent nighttime urination.

    Here goes.

    • djcoastermark

      Much as I appreciate the evil eye, it is proving to have no effect on goppers. Might there be something a bit stronger?

      • Michael McReavy
        • thatotherjean

          I don’t know about cursed, but they will certainly be unnerved.

        • Karl Dubhe

          That’s not a tattoo, is it?

        • Todd20036

          He can see himself cum!

        • djcoastermark

          Oh my lard, tricky dick is watching you! That might do it.

        • Cuberly Deux

          You’ve got an eye in your something.

        • pj


      • stevenj

        Ho messo una maledizione su di te.

        From the Sicilian in me.

      • another_steve

        Well I could delve into the truly occult (known in mystical Jewish tradition as Kabbalah), but I don’t have the strength for it at the moment.

        I used to be good at it (I captured the most incredibly kind and good man in all of recorded history and am now married to him), but that was over four decades ago.

        Too tired, I am, today.

  • djcoastermark

    If there are any questions left as to what the gop is all about, well, one day of news stories should fix that. What a rotten bunch of humanity.

  • JWC

    It must be the cols mountain air that make Montanians a little rednecked and Nutz Always felt that when i visited there

    • Christian1234567

      Some Montanans are actually decent people. Where did you go in MT?

      • JWC

        I live in BC and BC borders on WA ID and MT so the northern parts Kalispeil Great Falls Butte No doubt there are its just asshole that make the news

        • Christian1234567

          There definitely are plenty of assholes in MT.
          Did you go to Missoula at all?

          • JWC

            yes I did and Yellowstone

      • -M-

        Here’s a nice Montanan.

  • Sam_Handwich
  • shellback

    “The Nazi News” – Published 30 times a day – because we’re inundated with FUCKEN* NAZIS.

    *Stolen from Vicente Fox

  • ColdCountry

    Montana, wanting to be the Texas of the North.

    • Chucktech

      Thank sweet dead jesus the place is practically deserted.

      • don

        But they get more representation in elections and Congress than CA, NY, etc. thanks to the slave-state-fellating ‘Electoral College’…not to mention ‘Citizens United’

      • ColdCountry

        It is a very beautiful place. Something Texas doesn’t have going for it.

        • Chucktech

          That’s certainly true!

    • Christian1234567

      There’s a reason parts of MT are called Montucky.

  • Karl Dubhe

    This is not normal. Still.

  • boobert

    You must vote against any republican that runs for any office, no matter how small. It’s the only way to send a message of disapproval.

    • LesbianTippingHabits

      Football player Colin Kaepernick did not vote.

      • don

        Well if he was from a blue state, it would have done fuck-all good in our last ‘election’.

      • juanjo54

        irrelevant to the discussion, ya git

  • TexasBoy
  • bkmn

    Sounds like a good Xtain woman.

  • Ninja0980

    Nope, no threats of violence against the press there.

  • HZ81

    Right, Captain Tough Guy. Then you and David Clarke can dress up like cowboys and go round up some libz!

    Cowardly fuck.

  • Bomer
  • Judas Peckerwood

    Nazi scum

  • Chucktech

    Of course you would have, you pig. And Jesus would welcome you into heaven, I’m sure.

    You are one of the blistering, blinding problems with America.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    But remember children, it’s the Democrats who are threatening to rip up the constitution. smh.

  • bkmn

    O/T – if you haven’t read the transcript of the Maria Buttaroma (typo and it stays) interview with Trump, it is a doozy. It really makes me think he has a very bad case of dementia. She never was a good interviewer and now that she is at Fox Business she is even worse but Trump still managed to screw up topics even though she was very easy on him.

    • JP

      I just wonder how reporters interview him, hear the word salad, and not go “What did you just say?”

  • Oscarlating Wildely

    Oh the fragility of the masculinity of the heterosexual American male, even worse in the interior West.

    Really, you have a small dick. Get over it.

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      I would think she has a clit.

  • LovesIrony

    George Zimmerman in drag?

    • MBear

      He wishes

  • John Boily

    10-20 in prison would cure that notion right up!

  • Mundusvultdecipi

    Presumably, law enforcement personnel responded that they would have prosecuted any such person with MANY decades in jail for such a crime?

  • Blake J Butler
  • dagobarbz, fine Italian shoes

    Protip: Don’t vote for people who fantasize about shooting people!

  • BobSF_94117

    If everyone was armed and responsible for their own self-defense like these Republican nitwits want, the journalist would have shot the congressional candidate when the assault began.

  • FAEN


    My apologies for yelling but I just hate these nutty ass people.

    • Johnny Wyeknot


      • Lars Littlefield

        Republicans shouldn’t have children.

        • jerry

          Or be able to hold elective office.

          • Johnny Wyeknot

            Or sit next to me.

          • Ross

            I SECOND THAT…geez, I need a drink.

          • jerry

            I second that!

          • Ross

            You made me laugh!

          • jerry

            You’re welcome…I’ll be here all week.

          • Johnny Wyeknot

            Visiting from another world?

          • Johnny Wyeknot

            But I would love to sit next to you and talk interior design (among others things once the cocktails kick in).

          • Ross

            I SECOND THAT, THREE!

        • Cattleya1

          Responsible people have their rethuglicans spayed or neutered.

        • Ross

          I SECOND THAT, TOO!

        • edrex

          fuck that. they shouldn’t have had parents.

      • Ross

        I SECOND THAT!

    • MBear

      Ass people?

      • FAEN

        You’re just lucky your hot and I like you 😉

        • MBear

          Old pic. No longer hot. Hate me now. Avoid the xmas rush. 😉

          (All tongue in cheek, sug)

          • FAEN

            Oh shush! You’re hot, deal with it lol.

            I hate the Xmas rush so yeah I’ll hate you now 😉. But only until New Years, then I’ll adore you again.

  • gaycuckhubby

    I bet thats her answer for everything…
    “I’d shoot him”

  • Johnny Wyeknot

    Stopped short of demanding her resignation seemingly.

    • don

      Funny, that.

    • Hryflex

      She has resigned.

      • Johnny Wyeknot

        Good. Shame on her. Lots of it. Thanks for the report.

  • Richard B

    Of course, Karen Marshall, Vice-President of Programs for Gallatin County Republican Women said she would have shot the reporter. That is how Republicans lead, this is who they are, it is the very fiber of her being, for heavens sake, they are upholding their fine Christian values.
    That said, thank goodness the republicans are a shrinking demographic, can’t win an election today with robust voter suppression schemes, overt gerrymandering, and lying shamelessly.
    The Democrats are on their way to fixing those problems and are registering new voters. We have the numbers to overwhelm them and Trump is a huge motivator for us.
    One day in the not so distant future, I look forward to when the Karen Marshalls of the world are outnumbered, neutralized without power or influence, and are rendered irrelevant..

    • Ross

      “…can’t win an election today with robust voter suppression schemes, overt gerrymandering, and lying shamelessly.”

      AND having Russia steal elections for them. As likely happened in 2016.

      AND just outright stealing elections. As likely happened in 2004 (thanks, Diebold!).

      • NowAnAgnostic

        Not to mention 2000.

  • Hank

    One Rethuglican Woman wants to shoot reporters…
    One Rethuglican Woman wants to quarantine those with HIV…

    I see a pattern of HATE!!!

    • clay

      Technically, you need a minimum of three points to define a trend.

      So, Betsy DeVos? Laura Ingraham? one of the anti-immigrant, bullet-necklace wearing wack-a-doos?

      • Betsy DeVos and for the win Scott Pruit, who feels the need for 30, thats right a force of 30 security people.

        There, that’s the three and a freebie!

        • clay

          Technically, Scott Pruitt’s not a GOP woman. 😉

  • Treant

    Assault: Sent to Congress.
    Judicial Misconduct: Soon to be sent to Congress.
    Sexual Assault: Presidency.

    And then they wonder why decent people have no trust of their government.

    • MBear

      all it takes for them to maintain control is for “decent” people to do nothing

  • Jack Frost

    The dems need to take this womans quote and plaster it everywhere!

    This is just free advertising we need to capitalize on.

    • RaygunsGoZap

      “I’d have shot him!” – Standard GOP candidate in your area!

    • Natty Enquirer

      It’d only play to the choir on both sides.

  • ohbear1957
    • William

      I always thought Junior was the smarter one.

      • Snarky

        It’s an exceedingly low bar.

    • clay

      “What, you mean there’s more than one of them? They all look the same to me.” –DJT jr.

    • JCF

      Noting specifics of tweet. 2011, “T party”. Easy to thing of “T party” as coming “Trump Party”, huh? Jr was talking about Frederica Wilson in 2011? [I’m guessing she was saying something re Drumpf’s birtherism?] And yes: Jr obviously thinks all “blah” women look alike.

    • Keroleen

      On doing a quick lookup to see if Ms. Waters had in fact ever worn a cowboy hat, I discovered that the Right has apparently latched onto referring to Ms. Wilson as “Maxine Waters in a cowboy hat”. I’d assume this is trying to paint Ms. Wilson with the same extremist brush they use on Ms. Waters, with an underlying layer of “they all look alike”. Not to mention Donny Jr. has no room talking about strippers – most of them make more of an honest living than he does any day of the week.

  • This would be a promise to commit premeditated murder.

    I cannot believe how incredibly vile, monstrous and deplorable these so-called “people” are.

    Anybody taking bets as to whether Ms. Marshall also claims to be a good Christian woman?

  • Thorn Spike

    As I said elsewhere, the GOP should be listed in the DSM.

  • Natty Enquirer
  • Robincho

    Karen Marshall is a fucking rabid hyena…

  • Gerry Fisher

    The party that favored by Evangelicals continues to bear false witness with impunity. (Psssst! Hey, GOP. You crossed the line into “evil” a while ago. You aren’t “the good guys.”)

  • fuzzybits

    Crazed woman.

  • Whoa! She needs watching, she’s unhinged.

  • Gianni

    One vicious loon supporting another. Now that’s different.

  • Henry Auvil

    When somebody finally shoots this lunatic, I’m sure she’ll be totally down with being dead.

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    I don’t like FB but it’s nice to see a ton of comments demanding she be fired.

  • MBear

    They think theyre so wild west

  • Rick James Brown

    …and if that happened, hopefully Ben Jacobs would have pulled out a gun and blown Karen Marshall to smithereens. (And I hate guns.)

  • Paula Key

    That is the whole point of guns, isn’t it Annie Oakley – shoot people that you disagree with and then go to church.

  • Larry in Oklahoma

    Apparently, Karen Marshall believes that she could have whipped out a big ‘un and gotten away with it. She believes no one else might have whipped out a gun, as well, and shot her! Apparently, she thinks she is a Christian. I guess she has never read Matthew 26:52 which states: “…for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.”

  • M Jackson

    In that case I hope she would be killed on the spot by law enforcement. Done.

  • Chris Gardner

    Notice how Republicans are always ready to shoot someone?

  • wds

    And once again, some of the left-over yahoos in MT (The state I’m from) want to cement Montana’s reputation as the last holdover of the Wild West… Guess shooting traffic signs isn’t enough fun for her now …