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The Muted Republican Reaction to Greg Gianforte’s Assault Charge

On Capitol Hill, Republican lawmakers have reacted to the news with a mixture of evasion, defensiveness, and vague condemnations of violence.
Source: Bobby Caina Calvan / AP

Montana Republican congressional candidate Greg Gianforte lost three newspaper endorsements over his altercation with a Guardian reporter who asked Gianforte about the controversial GOP health-care bill, and a Montana sheriff cited Gianforte with misdemeanor assault early Thursday morning. But the reaction from the candidate’s would-be Republican colleagues in Congress has been far more muted.

On Capitol Hill, Republican lawmakers have

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