America should "honor" the decision of Montana voters who elected Republican Greg Gianforte to Congress on Thursday despite his "unacceptable" alleged body-slamming of a reporter this week, Rep. Scott Taylor said Friday.
"Montanans spoke very clearly who they want to represent them in Washington," the first-term GOP congressman told "New Day" on CNN. "So, we have to honor that.
"There's no question that the behavior is unacceptable," he continued. "I will tell you that it's unacceptable behavior — and to say otherwise would be false, obviously.
"But Montanans spoke very clearly."
Gianforte, who defeated Democrat Rob Quist 50-44 percent in a special House election on Thursday, apologized to a reporter he charged with manhandling the night before at his campaign headquarters.
"Last night, I made a mistake and I took an action that I can't take back — and I'm not proud of what happened," Gianforte said during his victory speech in Bozeman.
"I should not have treated that reporter that way — and for that I am sorry, Mr. Ben Jacobs," he said.
Montana police have charged Gianforte with misdemeanor assault for allegedly "body-slamming" Jacobs on Wednesday after being questioned about the American Health Care Act.
He is scheduled to appear in court in June.
The Montana special election was for the seat vacated when former GOP Rep. Ryan Zinke was named Interior Secretary by President Donald Trump.
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