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Brown Says Alleged Assault On Reporter Part Of New Atmosphere In U.S.

Andy Chow
Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio)

Politicians around the country and here in Ohio are sounding off on the allegations that a Republican congressional candidate body slammed a reporter. One top official believes this is part of a larger, cultural shift.

A reporter is accusing U.S. House hopeful Greg Gianforte of slamming him to the ground during an attempted interview in Montana.

The highest ranking Democrat in Ohio, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown, didn’t hold back when it came to his thoughts on the alleged attack

“Put the responsibility wherever but we’ve created in this country an atmosphere where it seems to be ok for some politicians -- some Republican politicians -- to literally take a swipe at the media. When the President of the United States calls the media the enemy of the people that’s sort of soviet talk.”

Republican U.S. House Rep. Steve Stivers, who chairs the National Republican Congressional Committee, called the accusation out of character for Gianforte adding that “we all make mistakes.”

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