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In the first place, “put it up to Gianforte’s face” is not the same as “shoved a recorder in Gianforte’s face”. The latter is a belligerent move. The former is how one positions a recorder to record what someone is saying.

In the second place, “Jacobs persisted with his question” is not the same thing as “badgered him with questions”. The latter is a hostile move. The former is merely repeating the question.

In the third place, you neglected to mention that immediately after Acuna says, “Gianforte told him to talk to his press guy, Shane Scanlon,” she says, “At that point, Gianforte grabbed Jacobs by the neck with both hands and slammed him into the ground behind him. Faith, Keith and I watched in disbelief as Gianforte then began punching the reporter. As Gianforte moved on top of Jacobs, he began yelling something to the effect of, “I’m sick and tired of this!” (of course, that doesn’t fit your narrative, so you neglected to mention that — hoping I wouldn’t bother reading your source).

Yeah — immediately after Gianforte referred Jacobs to Scanlon. Nothing Acuna describes Jacobs as doing warrants what Gianforte did to him.

And Acuna also said, “To be clear, at no point did any of us who witnessed this assault see Jacobs show any form of physical aggression toward Gianforte, who left the area after giving statements to local sheriff’s deputies.” Of course, that doesn’t fit your narrative, either.

Acuna also makes no mention of Jacobs being “asked to leave” at any time by anyone.

You might want to do a better job of citing sources. This one pretty much undercut your argument all the way around.

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