Needless to say, Trump's praise of Gianforte - who plead guilty to misdemeanor assault, only adds to the grim view of an America where "free speech" is only protected if it uplifts the current administration.
"Never wrestle him", Trump said of Gianforte at a campaign rally in an airplane hangar here. "Any guy that can do a body slam, he's my kind of...he's my guy", Trump told the Missoula crowd.
The president's filter appeared to catch himself, only to take back the taking back.
He called Mr Gianforte "a great guy, tough cookie".
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On Mr Biden challenging him to a fight, Mr Trump said, "He'd be down, faster than Greg would take him down".
His remarks praising Mr Gianforte come amid an global furore over the apparent assassination of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, who allegedly had his fingers cut off and was decapitated inside a Saudi consulate in Istanbul two weeks ago. He also wrote a letter of apology in which he acknowledged assaulting Jacobs for asking "a legitimate question about health care policy". But as he left Washington to travel to the rally Thursday, Trump warned of "very severe" consequences for the apparent killing.
"This will be an election of (Justice Brett) Kavanaugh, the caravan, law and order and common sense", Trump said.
He paid a $385 fine and completed 40 hours of community service and 20 hours of anger management counselling.
"Then I said, 'Well wait a minute, I know Montana pretty well, I think it might help him.' And it did", the president said.
"The president of the United States tonight applauded the assault on an American journalist who works for the Guardian". "Mr. President, thank you for giving us hope again", he said.