Republican congressman: time to ‘body-slam’ Democrats’ midterm hopes

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A Republican congressman has called for the Democratic midterm election campaign to be “body-slammed”.

In a video posted online by Georgia Democrats, Georgia’s Republican congressman Jody Hice begins by telling an audience in Watkinsville that “the time has come” to stop Democrats, who are favored to regain control of the House of Representatives on 6 November.

He adds: “We watched for eight years as the Obama administration gradually dismantled everything you and I believe in and pushed his own socialist agenda. The time has come. The line has been drawn in the sand. And that agenda has to stop. It’s time for this so-called ‘blue wave’ to be body-slammed.”

The remark drew applause from the crowd where Hice was speaking at a campaign event for Brian Kemp, the Republican gubernatorial nominee in Georgia.

Neither Hice nor Kemp immediately returned requests for comment.

Hice’s comments followed Donald Trump’s recent praise of an assault on the Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs, who was body-slammed to the floor and punched by the Republican congressman Greg Gianforte of Montana on the eve of his special election to Congress last year. After initially lying to the press and police about the attack, Gianforte pleaded guilty to assault and was sentenced to community service, anger management class and a fine.

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