San Diego County Congressman Duncan Hunter: Body-Slam ‘Not Appropriate … Unless the Reporter Deserved It’

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Rep. Duncan Hunter speaks to the media before a painting he found offensive and removed is rehung on the U.S. Capitol walls on Jan. 10, 2017. (Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

California Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Alpine) had an interesting take on the alleged assault on a Guardian reporter by the Republican front-runner in Montana’s special election, Greg Gianforte.

Hunter told reporters Thursday, “It’s not appropriate behavior. Unless the reporter deserved it,” according to a tweet posted by the Associated Press’ Mary Clare Jalonick.

Gianforte has been charged with misdemeanor assault after a reporter said he slammed him to the ground for asking a question. The special election is today.

The FBI is currently investigating Hunter for possible campaign finance violations. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee recently added Hunter’s San Diego congressional district to its list of 2018 targets.

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