Dem. congressman is issuing a “bodyslam free” zone at his office

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California Rep. Ted Lieu (D) announced that his office is a “bodyslam free zone” on Thursday, making reference to allegations of a physical altercation between Montana’s GOP House candidate Greg Gianforte and a reporter for The Guardian.

The altercation has been widely reported, with House Speaker Paul Ryan commenting on the incident, as well as many others. Gianforte denies allegations that he “body slammed” The Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs.

Lieu Tweeted out his new policy, writing: “Dear Press: We have created a safe zone in our office. Reporters will (1) get the truth and (2) not get body slammed.” He included the hashtag “#ThursdayThoughts.”

The image accompanying the tweet shows signs in front of his congressional office that read “#AlternativeFacts Free Zone Period” and “Also a Bodyslam Free Zone.”

Lieu also encouraged Montana voters to choose the Democratic candidate opposing Gianforte, Rob Quist, in another Tweet earlier on Thursday. He wrote: “In [sic] you’re a voter in MT & embarrassed by Montana GOP candidate Gianforte’s criminal assault, the best thing you can do is vote for Quist.”

The seat Gianforte and Quist are battling over was vacated by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. The race has garnered national attention, which increased following the alleged assault and subsequent misdemeanor assault charges filed against Gianforte.

Gianforte has reportedly canceled two cable news appearances following the announcement of the charges.

Preceding the incident, many Montana voters had already submitted mail-in ballots, and Gianforte was favored to win. Montana polls close at 10 p.m. ET on Thursday.

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