Other perspectives on this story
Many people condemned Gianforte's alleged actions and suggested the incident shows he's not fit for office.
Some even suggested the incident was emblematic of the Republican Party.
Others thought Gianforte's alleged actions would actually help him secure the support of some Republican voters.
Perhaps even enough to win in the election.
Some suggested Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs is biased and that he "incited" Gianforte's reaction.
One person tweeted at Jacobs that he was badgering and bullying Gianforte.
But others didn't buy Gianforte's version of events that portrayed Jacobs as the aggressor.
Many people felt conflicted about how Fox News reporter Alicia Acuna, an eyewitness to the incident, decided to discuss it on air.
Regarding the legal implications, some called to "lock him up" while others were surprised Gianforte was only charged with a misdemeanor.
"Sad and unbelievable and this guy is running for a seat in our government!!! The GOP just get worse and worse"
"Republicans! The 'Get the hell out of here' party"
"Gianforte just won over any trump voter he didn't already have. #BodySlamPolitics #RoleModels #ragingMontana #USA"
"Unless he drops out, it wouldn't surprise me if he pulls off a win. His staunch supporters will use the Lib MSM victimization as motivation."
"Yeah, people are getting sick of the biased liberal media. They are escalating and inciting violence with their obsession with fake news."
"He clearly told you he wasn't answering your question. Why do feel you have the right to badger someone into answering you? #mediabully"
"R you f-ing kidding me lol, more alternative facts, repubs have their own spin on everything. Once again we don't hear what we actually hear"
"Glad she recounted facts but why isn't she saying that the campaign statement is a lie?"
"Dang, Montana must have pretty soft laws. Body slamming someone would be a felony in most states."