Trump celebrated Rep. Greg Gianforte’s (R-Mont.) May 2017 attack on Guardian journalist Ben Jacobs during a rally in Missoula, Montana, on Thursday.
“Any guy that can do a body slam, he’s my kind of guy,” Trump told the crowd.
Following the 2017 attack, Gianforte pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault.
Trump’s quip was immediately condemned on Twitter, with many commenters noting how it came amid tensions rising over the disappearance of Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi: