Frontier Justice

The Montana Congressman who pleaded guilty to assaulting a news reporter has been sentenced. A judge ordered Greg Gianforte to pay a $385 fine and complete 40 hours of community service and 20 hours of anger management counseling.

The 56-year-old lawmaker drew national attention last month, following the release of an audio tape, where he can be heard “body slamming” a newspaper reporter. Gianforte later publicly apologized for the incident and made a sizeable donation to the Committee to Protect Journalists.

He’ll beat your ass and get a pat on the back

Kid Gloves

This is a classic example of the punishment not fitting the crime. First, Gianforte is a billionaire. Money falls out of his pockets when he stands up. A measly $385 fine means absolutely nothing to him.

Next, spinning required community service is so easy, a child could do it. His office will tout what a “community-minded” person he is, and how he’s “dedicated to giving back to the community.”

But perhaps most troubling of all is the very fact that his punishment was so light. While I suspect none of us really thought Gianforte would see any kind of real punishment, I think many of us did expect more than a slap on the wrist.

Crocodile Tears

So he apologized? Try not flying off the handle in the first place!

So if I rob a convenience store and assault the owner, then later ‘apologize,’ will I get off Scot free? Of course not. I’m not a Montana Republican in this new “Wild West mentality” political climate.

The only ray of light in this entire debacle is that I have absolutely zero doubt that ol’ Greg will lose it again. Hopefully the legal system won’t go so easy on him the next time.

by Frank Calling
News Editor
Gaseoustania Tonight


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