Two Montana papers withdraw backing for Congress candidate Greg Gianforte, who is accused of slamming journalist into ground

A Republican candidate for the US Congress has lost the support of two newspapers in his state after he was charged with the assault of a Guardian reporter who tried to ask him about his party’s healthcare plan.

Greg Gianforte, who is running for Montana’s congressional seat in a special election to be held on Thursday, was charged with misdemeanour assault after Ben Jacobs made a complaint to police about the incident at Gianforte’s campaign headquarters on Wednesday.

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