Scarborough links Trump rhetoric, candidate's alleged assault of reporter

MSNBC's Joe Scarborough on Thursday linked President TrumpDonald TrumpHeadaches intensify for Democrats in Florida Stormy Daniels set to testify against former lawyer Avenatti in fraud trial Cheney challenger wins Wyoming Republican activists' straw poll MORE's rhetoric to an incident Wednesday in which Montana GOP House candidate Greg Gianforte allegedly slammed a reporter to the floor.

"Yesterday, we joked about being able to draw a straight line from Donald Trump to some of the things that he's being investigated for," Scarborough said on "Morning Joe."

"You can draw a straight line from Republican candidates thinking that sort of behavior's OK when you have Donald Trump berating reporters throughout the entire campaign, saying, suggesting terrible things."

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Scarborough pointed to various incidents of Trump blasting reporters and news organizations. He referenced Trump's past comments when he tweeted that the "FAKE NEWS media" was the "enemy of the American people."

"This is not a big leap from what the head of the Republican Party is saying everyday and what happened last night in Montana," Scarborough said.

Montana law enforcement officials charged Gianforte with misdemeanor assault following the alleged physical altercation with a reporter.

Gianforte allegedly slammed reporter Ben Jacobs to the floor at the candidate's campaign headquarters in Bozeman as The Guardian reporter posed questions about the Republicans' ObamaCare repeal plan — a charge Gianforte denies.

Trump often goes after members of the media and refers to articles or networks as "fake news."