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US politician bodyslams reporter and still wins election, because this is where we are now

Remember the old days, where a political gaffe was enough to ruin a politician’s electoral chances, potentially forever?

The election of Donald ‘Grab Em By The Pussy’ Trump changed all that. And it appears that this is now the new normal.

Earlier in the week, news emerged of American Republican political hopeful Greg Gianforte bodyslamming a reporter from newspaper The Guardian after being asked one too many questions about his party’s disastrous repeal and replace of Obamacare.

Gianforte’s response was top drawer WWE, unleashing his fury on the reporter and breaking his glasses.

And don’t just take my word for it. There’s audio.

Despite being charged with misdemeanour assault for the incident, Gianforte won the Montana special election and now has a seat in the US House of Representatives. He picked up 51 per cent to 44 per cent. No word yet on the bodyslam’s effect on the polls, but it certainly wouldn’t discourage other hot-blooded Republicans from doing the same in the near future.

President Donald Trump, from the same party as Gianforte, praised the electoral victory, saying it was a “great win in Montana”.

He didn’t mention the bodyslam directly, but Trump was probably disappointed that he didn’t think of it. Oh, but wait, he did.

Gianforte has since come out and apologised to the reporter, with one of the most banal and obvious statements ever. Gianforte said “I should not have treated that reporter that way, and for that I’m sorry, Mr Ben Jacobs”.

The US late night hosts have already jumped on board the bodyslam express, with Stephen Colbert bringing his own bodyslam pain on Friday’s show.

What a time to be alive.

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