The Guardian’s Ben Jacobs, whose glasses were broken when Montana Republican Greg Gianforte attacked him, will donate the mangled spectacles to the Newseum in Washington, D.C.
Last Wednesday, Jacobs was covering Montana’s special election for a U.S. House seat when he asked Gianforte a question about health care. Jacobs said the candidate, who went on to win the election the following day, body-slammed him and broke his glasses. A Fox News team that witnessed the attack said Gianforte grabbed the reporter by the neck with both hands and slammed him down on the ground. The candidate then began punching the reporter, the Fox News team said.
In an article posted to The Guardian on Tuesday, the newspaper’s staff wrote that Jacobs agreed to donate his glasses after the journalism museum requested to display them in its collection.
The reporter has new glasses. Gianforte was charged with misdemeanor assault and will face a maximum punishment of six months in jail and a $500 fine.