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Violence against another human being over what is perceptibly a nonviolent political discussion is what fascists do. It’s something that folks on the Left do, like those who claim membership to radical groups such as Antifa. The hypocrisy stemming from those on the right side of the political aisle is astounding considering how pro-Democratic values most are.

Many Republicans are defending Montana special election GOP candidate Greg Gianforte’s decision to body-slam The Guardian’s Ben Jacobs, a reporter. Jacobs was questioning Gianforte about the newly released Congressional Budget Office report on Trumpcare when Gianforte “grabbed Jacobs by the neck with both hands and slammed him into the ground behind him,” according to a witness Fox News reporter Alicia Acuna. ” [We] watched in disbelief as Gianforte then began punching the man, as he moved on top the reporter and began yelling something to the effect of ‘I’m sick and tired of this!'” And then the audio of the full confrontation, including Jacob’s questioning, was released:

Immediately Republicans defending Gianforte in an attempt to salvage the negative light he was being shined in by the media. This, unfortunately, is evident of a lack of values. If you are defending Gianforte for body-slamming a reporter, you are a political hack blinded by partisanship with a lack of principles. And that’s deplorable. However, if you recognize that this was a mistake on the part of Gianforte and should never have been done, there is still a case to be made to continue planning on voting for him.

The virility exhibited by Gianforte is indefensible because it was both disreputable and anti-American. Who cares if it’s considered to take machismo to fight off an incessant reporter asking annoying questions? You don’t get to do that, no matter how problematic you perceive his or her questioning. Just imagine what the right would do if a Democrat congressman were caught being physical with an innocent person? Oh wait, it did happen just seven years ago when North Carolina Congressman Bob Etheridge attacked a student asking questions. The right justifiably went berserk, and Democrats defended it. When did physically attacking journalists become a good thing? The answer: whenever it’s shrouded by partisanship.

Everyone these days loathes the American media — with good reason. All too often they portray themselves as being disingenuous hatchetmen for the left; that does not mean it is permissible to meet them with barbarity, though. And yes, body-slamming a seemingly innocent reporter for asking questions you refuse to answer counts as barbarity.

If the right wants to be victorious against the Democrat-media complex in America, winning the argument and changing the culture is the only way. Things like this body-slam incident are doomed to plague the conservative movement vis-à-vis the demonization of the Republican party if bad legacies and principles are continuously promoted and defended. We are all, to this day, still fighting off the legacy of George W. Bush and will likely be fending off the Trump legacy soon enough. That is something America cannot handle because that means the dissolution of the conservative movement.

Democrats perpetuating violence is not a reason to stoop to their level, no matter what Trump sycophants say. It results in a less-American America for the rest of us. We are supposed to be the party of good values and principles; defending unjustifiable violence against reporters is not a good method of promulgating what we stand for.

To reiterate once more: you’re a valueless tribalist reactionary hack if you decide to defend and promote Gianforte’s disturbing actions against journalist Ben Jacobs who will be compliant with the destruction of the Republican party and conservative movement. You are cleared, however, if you choose to vote for Gianforte and overlook this incident if you care about stopping a congressional Democrat. There is still a valid argument for that.