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Greg Gianforte, GOP candidate in Montana election, allegedly assaults reporter Ben Jacobs

  • On Wednesday, Guardian political reporter Ben Jacobs claimed the Republican candidate in the 2017 special elections on Thursday, Greg Gianforte, “body slammed” him — resulting in law enforcement being summoned to the scene.
  • According to audio of the exchange posted by the Guardian, Jacobs was asking about a recent CBO analysis of the Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act before Gianforte flipped out, slamming him to the ground and breaking Jacobs’ glasses.
  • “I’m sick and tired of you guys,” Gianforte yelled. “The last guy who came here did the same thing. Get the hell out of here. Get the hell out of here. The last guy did the same thing. Are you with the Guardian?”
  • “Yes!” Jacobs responded. “You just broke my glasses.”
  • “The last guy did the same damn thing,” an angry Gianforte shot back.
  • “You just body slammed me and broke my glasses,” Jacobs said. Read more (5/24/17 9 PM)
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Neo-Nazis have been waging war on a small Montana town. Now they might pay for it.

  • “Are y'all ready for an old fashioned troll storm?” neo-Nazi leader and blogger Andrew Anglin asked his website’s audience last year. “Because AYO — it’s that time, fam.”
  • With that, Anglin launched a harassment campaign that would keep Tanya Gersh and her family always in fear of her life, wondering for months if they should pack their bags in the night and run.
  • On Tuesday morning, the Southern Poverty Law Center filed a lawsuit against Anglin, publisher of the infamous neo-Nazi website the Daily Stormer
  • The SPLC seeks to punish Anglin for his “terror campaign,” get justice for Gersh and set a precedent that could stem the tide of coordinated harassment campaigns online.
  • It all began with Richard Spencer, the white nationalist who was famously punched during Trump’s inauguration, to the applause of the world. 
  • Spencer’s mother, Sherry Spencer, who owns property in the small resort town of Whitefish, Montana, wrote a Medium post called “Does Love Really Live Here?” claiming that Gersh pressured her to sell the commercial real estate she owned in Whitefish due to her son’s politics.
  • Since then, Anglin and his online brigade of neo-Nazis and white supremacists have waged war on Jewish members of the Whitefish community. And Gersh is getting the worst of it.
  • The SPLC’s complaint alleges that Anglin posted 30 articles on the Daily Stormer about Gersh, including her personal phone number, email address, personal information of her friends and colleagues, and the social media profiles of her 12-year-old son. Read more (4/18/17 1 PM)

Many Glacier is considered the heart of Glacier National Park in Montana. Massive mountains, active glaciers, sparkling lakes, hiking trails and abundant wildlife make this a favorite of visitors and locals alike. Photo from last summer at Swiftcurrent Lake courtesy of Tiffany Nguyen.