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It was happier times for Republican Greg Gianforte when he took the stage late in the evening May 25.
Gianforte stood on the stage at his victory party and thanked his supporters for electing him into the U.S. House of Representatives.
The newly-elected Gianforte came out to chants of “Greg” over and over by his supporters in the crowd. He used part of the time to apologize to The Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs, who he allegedly “body slammed” to the ground after being asked a question about health care.
“Hard work born out of hard lessons,” Gianforte said. “Last night I learned a lesson. I need to share something from my heart … When you make a mistake, you have to own up to it, that’s the Montana way. Last night I made a mistake and I took an action that I can’t take back and I’m not proud of what happened. I should not have responded in the way that I did. I should not have treated that reporter that way, and for that, I’m sorry Mr. Ben Jacobs.
Gianforte also apologized to the Fox News crew that was present in the room for witnessing his actions.
“That’s not the person that I am, and it’s not way I will lead in this state,” Gianforte said. “Rest assured, our work is just beignning, but it starts with me taking responsibility for my own actions.”
“And you’re forgiven,” a supporter screamed.
Watch a video of Gianforte’s speech below:
“Tonight is all about you,” Gianforte said to his supporters. “Tonight is your victory. Over the last two years, you’ve made tens of thousands of phone calls, knocked on hundreds of thousands of doors, thank you.”