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Continuing a nearly hyperactive series of campaign rallies, President Trump headlined a rally in Missoula, Montana, for Matt Rosendale who is closing on Jon Tester, the noted slayer of cattle and hogs, in the Montana Senate race.

The rally was not without controversy. Some inadvertent:

And some clearly calculated:

Acosta clearly wasn’t taking it all that well, when Melania Trump’s former director of operations, Justin Caporale, RTed him with the de rigueur “Dear Diary” preface–it is amazing how many of Acosta’s tweets sound exactly what you’d find in an anxiety-ridden teenage girl with an inferiority complex–

Acosta sent him a DM:

And there was this epic statement by Trump which should pass any fact check:

But Montana is the home of Greg Gianforte who is most famous for “body-slamming” Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs during the 2017 special election:

I don’t know if this was technically a “body slam,” but Gianforte definitely got 2-points for a takedown. Trump went to the Gianforte comparison twice:

But the comment that has the media going full-metal Elizabeth Warren, complete with warpaint and tomahawk-chop, is this:

Via the New York Times:

President Trump praised a Republican candidate’s assault last year on a reporter and fumed over his Democratic opponents here on Thursday night in a freewheeling rally meant to mobilize his base’s support in the coming midterm elections.

In urging the crowd to vote for Representative Greg Gianforte, who is running for re-election and who was sentenced to anger management classes and community service for assaulting a reporter last spring, Mr. Trump jokingly warned the crowd to “never wrestle him.”

“I had heard he body-slammed a reporter,” Mr. Trump said, noting that he was initially concerned that Mr. Gianforte would lose in a special election last May. “I said, ‘Wait a minute. I know Montana pretty well; I think it might help him.’ And it did.”

“Anybody that can do a body-slam,” the president added, “that’s my kind of guy.”

Predictably, when one of their own is mocked, the media responded:

I really wish someone would show me where a reporter getting a wrestled to the ground by a private citizen is an affront to the First Amendment.

To say this is overwrought is to exaggerate. The number of attacks on journalists at the rally was zero. The number of attacks on journalists after the rally was also zero. Acosta felt so unafraid that he interviewed, or tried to interview, the people who were laughing at him. The statement by the Guardian’s US editor is as bizarre as it is disgusting. He’s essentially saying that no dictatorship, anywhere, killed journalists who angered them before Trump ran for office.

I suppose this is the place where I’m supposed to reflect on how totally wrong this is and how we are all so much better than this and bewail what Trump has done to the GOP. F*** that noise. (Full disclosure, I had and have zero sympathy for Jacobs and this has nothing to do with Trump; if any candidate, of either party, wants my list of reporters who could benefit from an ass whipping, please contact me). For the past two years, the media has demonstrated what any observer of politics has known since the late 1980s, that they are simply an adjunct to the Democrat party serving as its propaganda arm. Laughing at them, mocking them, ridiculing them is completely legitimate. And if they don’t like it, well, screw them if they can’t take a joke.

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