Well, there you go.
Republican Greg Gianforte has won in the special election for Montana’s sole seat in the House of Representatives, according to the Associated Press, only a day after allegedly body-slamming The Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs on Wednesday.
Gianforte was charged with misdemeanor assault following the incident. He apologised to Jacobs and the Fox News crew who witnessed the incident in an address to supporters in the wake of the win on Thursday night.
“Last night I made a mistake,” he told the crowd. “I took an action that I can’t take back, and I’m not proud of what happened. I should have not responded in the way that I did, and for that I’m sorry.”
“And you’re forgiven!” a member of the crowd shouted toward Gianforte, followed by applause.
Gianforte added “he should not have treated the reporter that way,” and apologised directly to Jacobs and the people of Montana.