Did I miss coverage of this in the morning paper? Donald Trump, at a rally in Montana, praised Republican Rep. Greg Gianforte’s criminal assault on a news reporter to raucous cheers. None dare call them a mob.

US President Donald Trump has praised a Republican congressman who assaulted a journalist last year with a “body slam”, referring to him as “my guy”.

“Greg is smart,” Mr Trump said of Montana Congressman Greg Gianforte, adding “by the way never wrestle him”.

“Any guy that can do a body slam… he’s my guy,” he said to cheers and laughter at a rally in Montana.

Gianforte manhandled a Guardian reporter on the eve of his successful re-election bid. He pleaded guilty to assault, paid a fine and was ordered to do community service and attend anger management classes.

To Trump, he’s a hero.