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Michael FitzGerald, CEO of Submittable, in his office. June 2015.
Cherie Newman / MTPR

The CEO of one of Missoula’s most successful tech companies was sitting around the dinner table with his kids when he saw video clips on YouTube of President Donald Trump's rally at the Missoula airport on October 18. The president praised Congressman Greg Gianforte for assaulting a journalist last year.

“Any guy that can do a body-slam, he’s my kind of ... he’s my guy.”

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

On the eve of President Trump’s fourth visit to Montana since July to campaign against Sen. Jon Tester, the Defense Department says it is continuing to investigate charges of professional misconduct by Rear Admiral Ronny L. Jackson. 

U.S. Senator Jon Tester and former president of Planned Parenthood nationwide Cecile Richards share the stage in Bozeman at Montana State University on Nov. 1, 2018.
Corin Cates-Carney / MTPR

The former president of Planned Parenthood nationwide joined U.S. Senator Jon Tester in Bozeman, Thursday afternoon, to continue the Democrat’s effort to energize his voting base five days before the midterm election.

President Donald Trump speaks in Billings, MT, Sep. 6 2018.
Corin Cates-Carney / Montana Public Radio

President Donald Trump has confirmed he’ll visit Montana one more time Saturday, to spur his conservative base, three days before the midterm election, at a rally at Bozeman Yellowstone International airport.

Spending On Montana Senate Race At Record $60M

Oct 26, 2018

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Spending on Montana's U.S. Senate race has hit $60 million and shattered a state record as conservative groups funded by wealthy donors saturate the airwaves with ads attacking Democratic Sen. Jon Tester and seek to capitalize on President Donald Trump's feud with the lawmaker.

Assaulted Reporter Warns Rep. Gianforte Not To Lie About 2017 Attack

Oct 25, 2018
Greg Gianforte looks back at reporter Ben Jacobs in Gallatin County Justice Court, June 12, 2017, after Gianforte pleaded guilty to assaulting Jacobs.
Louise Johns

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte has intentionally misled voters and the media about his attack on a reporter last year as the Montana Republican campaigns for re-election, the reporter's attorney said in a letter Thursday.

U.S. Senator Cory Gardner of Colorado stumping for Republican Matt Rosedale in Helena, Montana, October 23, 2018. Rosedale is facing two-term incumbent Democrat Jon Tester in what the latest polls indicate is a toss-up race.
Corin Cates-Carney / MTPR

The head of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, which has spent nearly $5 million to influence the outcome of Montana U.S. Senate race, stumped on behalf of Matt Rosendale in Montana Tuesday during a get-out-the-vote tour. 

President Donald Trump is sticking by remarks he made during last night’s campaign rally in Missoula praising Congressman Greg Gianforte for assaulting a reporter last year.

“Any guy that can do a body slam, he’s my kind of guy," Trump said. 

This earned Trump criticism amid international furor over the apparent assassination of a Washington Post columnist inside a Saudi Consultant in Istanbul two weeks ago.

A reporter asked Trump today if he regretted making those remarks in light of that allegation. In this audio clip courtesy of MSNBC Trump said:

Sally Mauk, Chuck Johnson and Rob Saldin talk about President Trump's rally in Missoula and his contradictions and vendettas; the Senate race spending spree; the latest nasty ads; and the tightening House race between Greg Gianforte and Kathleen Williams. Listen in now on "Campaign Beat," MTPR's weekly political analysis program.

President Trump on stage at a Missoula campaign rally as the sun sets over the Bitterroot Mountains, Oct. 18, 2018.
Josh Burnham / MTPR

Shortly before sunset Thursday, President Donald Trump walked out of Air Force One in the foreground of the Bitterroot mountains and on stage in an airplane hanger in Missoula, extending his feud with Senator Jon Tester amid a call for Republican reinforcements in Congress.

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