Body-Slamming Politician Gets Late Night Treatment

Body-Slam, from WWE to Politics to LateNight

By now we have all heard about the Montana congressional candidate Greg Gianforte who allegedly body-slammed a Guardian journalist after being asked about healthcare on Wednesday. In a continuation of the bizarre political climate we are in today he ended up winning the special election. But before that was determined, a slew of late-night hosts shared their thoughts on the alleged assault.

Stephen Colbert

On CBS’ Late Show, Stephen Colbert commented on the special congressional election saying (Gianforte) “he will definitely win the next Wrestlemania.”

Colbert played the actual audio of the interview, in which the Gaurdian reporter Ben Jacobs can be heard asking Gianforte a question and then the crazy altercation ensues.

Jacobs said: “You just body-slammed me and broke my glasses.” Colbert complemented Jacobs for his good reporting of “narrating his own body-slam.”

At the end of the segment Colbert performs a tongue in cheek assault of a dummy dressed like a member of the audience after being asked a question.

Jimmy Fallon

“Some Republicans are defending him, saying the body-slam wasn’t a big deal, which they might regret in three years, when The Rock runs for president,” joked Fallon.

Seth Meyers

“Wow, I guess the GOP really has become the party of Donald Trump,” said Meyers, showing a clip of Trump body-slamming WWE CEO Vince McMahon. “That was a thing, a real thing that happened, and we still said, ‘Yeah, he should be president.'”

After describing the Gianforte incident, Meyers said, “The GOP health care plan is so bad, Republicans would rather body-slam reporters than answer a question about it. His response to the question was to give the reporter a pre-existing condition.”

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