"Any guy that can do a body slam, he's my kind of guy", Trump said to applause.
Here's the video of Trump on Greg Gianforte body slamming Ben Jacobs: "Any guy that can do a body slam, he's my kind of guy".
The president's filter appeared to catch himself, only to take back the taking back.
"Faith, Keith and I watched in disbelief as Gianforte then began punching the man, as he moved on top the reporter and began yelling something to the effect of 'I'm sick and exhausted of this!' ..."
"Greg is smart, and by the way never wrestle him". And he was way up...and I said, 'Oh, this is awful, he's going to lose the election'.
Gianforte was charged with misdemeanor assault after he shoved a reporter to the ground during his campaign. "Any guy who can do a body slam, that's my guy".
Trump's rant in support of Gianforte-which came as the president continues to act as a megaphone for the Saudi regime's implausible claim that it was not involved in the Khashoggi assassination-was met with fierce denunciations from journalists and press freedom advocates, who slammed the president's comments as yet another incitement to violence against the media. He detailed that he saw a Trump supporter doing wrestling moves in the crowd while Trump continued his attack on reporters. "He's going to lose the election, '" Trump said.
Mr Gianforte, who attended the rally with the President, is up for re-election in November and faces former state legislator Kathleen Williams.
Riyadh is suspected of murdering Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor and U.S. permanent resident whose writings have been critical of powerful Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. "We hope decent people will denounce these comments and that the president will see fit to apologize for them".