Trump praises Upper Merion grad, Montana congressman for bodyslamming a reporter last year

Tom Paine

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President Trump praised a former Upper Merion High football player who is now Montana's congressman for bodyslamming a reporter just prior to his 2017 election.

Speaking to a crowd in Montana last night, Trump talked about how Republican Greg Gianforte physically attacked a reporter for Britain's Guardian who was pressuring him for an interview.

"Any guy that can do a body slam ... he's my guy," said Trump.

After graduating from Upper Merion, Gianforte attended Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey, sold one software company, and eventually ended up in Montana, where he founded another software company that was sold to Oracle for $1.5 billion in 2011.

He ran for governor of Montana and lost in 2016 before winning the state's at-large house seat in a special election the following year.

Gianforte pleaded guilty to a misdemeanior assault charge soon after the attack.