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MISSOULA - Montana's governor denounced President Trump's approval of Greg Gianforte's body-slamming a reporter.

Gov. Steve Bullock Tweeted on Friday:

Politics in America should never devolve into violence. The President’s celebration of Congressman Gianforte’s body-slamming a journalist is unacceptable. Montanans and Americans on both sides of the aisle must remember our kids are watching us — we have to be better than this.

President Trump stated at the Thursday rally in Missoula that Rep. Gianforte is "my guy" for the spring 2017 incident when Gianforte assaulted a reporter. Gianforte later pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault.

"Never wrestle him," Trump said of Gianforte. "Do you understand that, never. Any guy that can do a body slam, he's my kind of - he's my guy."

Gianforte assaulted the reporter the night before a special election between Gianforte and Democrat Rob Quist to fill Montana's lone congressional seat left by now-Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke.

Gianforte's challenger in this election, Kathleen Williams, issued a reponse, saying: "Montana needs a true representative, not a violent offender and liar. Gianforte has a history of attacking people, whether physically or by undermining their livelihoods."

The Gianforte campaign says they regret the incident, adding that the congressman is not perfect and that he's taken responsibility for his actions.

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