Montana Republican official Karen Marshall claims she would have 'shot' journalist Ben Jacobs when he asked Republican candidate Greg Gianforte a question according to the Guardian. At the time, Gianforte bodyslammed Jacobs after the journalist asked him a follow up question. Gianforte later pled guilty to misdemeanor assault and donated $50,000 to journalism museum as restitution.
“If that kid (Ben Jacobs) had done to me what he did to Greg, I would have shot him,” Karen Marshall, vice-president of programs for Gallatin County Republican Women told the Voice of Montana radio program on Thursday. Marshall also described herself as a “friend” of Gianforte. According to federal records, a Karen Marshall from Bozeman, Montana, donated the federal maximum of $2,700 to Gianforte’s campaign for Congress. “That kid came on private property, came into a private building, and went into a very private room that I would not even have gone into,” Marshall said. “It was a setup. A complete setup. He just pushed a little too hard.”