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Following The Body Slamming Of A Reporter, Texas Gov Makes A ‘Joke’ About Shooting Reporters

Two days after Montana Republican candidate after he grabbed Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs by the neck, slammed him to the ground, and punched him, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) thought he’d make a “joke” on Friday about shooting reporters. Because, if anything, Abbott is known for being such a jokey jokester, right? It’s just so funny to make jokes after Gianforte beat up on a reporter because he was doing his job and asked a question.

Abbott signed a bill reducing licensing fees for handguns, then displayed a target sheet to a group of reporters and photographers, according to .

The Texas Tribune’s Patrick Svitek tweeted that Abbott said, “I’m gonna carry this around in case I see any reporters.”

After Gianforte won the election in Montana, he apologized for beating up the reporter. “I should not have responded in the way that I did, and for that I’m sorry. I should not have treated that reporter that way, and for that, I am sorry Mr. Ben Jacobs,” he said.

What he omitted in his apology is that he lied to the public and to the police about what took place. Following the ‘body slam,’ Gianforte blamed Jacobs.

Donald Trump launched a war on the First Amendment and now Gov. Abbott wants to shoot it with the Second Amendment. Conservatives have hissy fits if journalists criticize the former reality show star. You can quote Trump verbatim and his supporters will call it ‘fake news.’ The thing is, though, if you start a war against the Free Press, it will backfire. Journalists will fight back. The pen is mightier than the sword, as they say.

I’m sure if we made jokes about shooting governors, it would go down really well with Abbott. He’d laugh and laugh and laugh. Ha ha! It’s just a ‘joke,’ after all.

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