After the incident happened, a Montana voter approached CNN reporter Kyung Lah. After finding out she worked at CNN, the voter said, “You’re lucky someone doesn’t pop one of you.”
The editorial board of the Billings Gazette, a CNN affiliate, retracted its endorsement of Gianforte, stating, “We believe that you cannot love America, love the Constitution, talk about the importance of a free press and then pummel a reporter.”
Tapper echoed the newspaper’s stance.
“Let us add that those public officials finding it difficult these days to muster the courage to strongly condemn a politician committing assault on a reporter, maybe you need to reexamine how much you truly love the Constitution beyond just saying the words,” he said.