Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin said Gianforte was issued a citation Wednesday night.
"Tonight we won a victory for all Montanans", Gianforte said. "That's the Montana way".
"Last night I made a mistake, I took an action that I can't take back". "I shouldn't have treated that reporter that way, and for that, I'm sorry, Mr".
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Saying he was "not proud" of his behavior, he added, "I should not have responded the way I did". After Gianforte was charged with misdemeanor assault, Screnar said she was only "more ready to support Greg".
A few conservatives, including Rush Limbaugh, jokingly said about the incident that maybe an attack on a reporter would help any candidate win in Montana. Jacobs posted audio of the encounter, and Fox News Channel journalists who were present verified the account. "That's not the person I am, and that's not the way I will lead in this state".
But during his congressional campaign, Gianforte was a passionate Trump supporter who urged Montana voters to help "drain the swamp". Steve Daines, R-Mont., both have said that Gianforte should apologize for his actions.
Gianforte broke his silence at his victory celebration Thursday night, where he apologized to Jacobs.
"There is no time where a physical altercation should occur with the press or just between human beings", he told reporters. The office of Montana's secretary of state released a statement saying almost 70 percent of ballots had been cast prior to Election Day, anyway: even if persuadable constituents had a change of heart after Wednesday night, for many of them it was too late. For better or for worse, Montana's U.S. House seat will now be filled by Greg Gianforte - businessman, Republican, and choke-slam champion. It also suggests that, despite reports of Trump's lack of popularity, Republicans are still capable of winning statewide office - something that could worry Democrats looking to retake the House and Senate in 2018.