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During a Thursday night rally for Rep. Greg Gianforte (R-MT), President Donald Trump recalled the congressman’s assault of a journalist amid cheers from a supportive crowd. “We endorsed Greg very early but I had heard that he body slammed a reporter,” Trump said to the Missoula audience as they shouted and clapped. “And he was way up…this was like the day of the election, or just before, and I said, ‘Oh, this is terrible he’s going to lose the election,’ then I said, ‘Wait a minute, I know Montana pretty well, I think it might help him,’ and it did.” CNN’s New Day not only took great exception to the Commander in Chief’s comment and directly linked it to the alleged political assassination of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. After airing the clip of Trump’s comment, co-host John Berman snarked “I want to start with nothing like making a out of body slamming a journalist.” John Avlon followed made the direct link to the current messy diplomatic situation with the Saudis, saying “Yeah, trying to provide cover for the Saudis, frankly, that very day and that night the president jokes about a reporter attack.” After airing a number of clips in which Trump claimed to not condone violence, Alisyn Camerota offered “We can officially say that that is not true that he is lying when he says that,” to which Berman said Trump “literally glorified an attack on the press!” Critics may reasonably think that Saudi’s alleged killing of Jamal Khashoggi is a far cry from Gianforte’s “body slamming” of a reporter asking a tough question. But it is not unreasonable to see how President Trump’s constant harangue of “fake news” and dismissing the press as “enemy of the people” debases the fourth estate. Slippery slope. Watch the clip above, courtesy of CNN.