It was a rough night for Ben Jacobs of The Guardian on Thursday. After receiving national attention, gaining tens-of-thousands of new Twitter followers, and going on MSNBC to relive how he was body slammed by Greg Gianforte, his attacker won the election in Montana.
While it’s indisputable that Gianforte shouldn’t have laid his hands on Jacobs, The Guardian writer isn’t opposed to violence. Back in 2014, he tweeted about how he wanted to physically assault a conservative teenager speaking at CPAC.
During the 2014 CPAC, Benji Backer was speaking about his experiences of being harassed in school for supporting Gov. Scott Walker (R) in his home state of Wisconsin. For whatever reason, this set Jacobs off, and he tweeted about wanting to punch the then-16-year old in the face.
He went on to say that he didn’t believe Backer was a racist, but thought that the jury was out on the 16-year old being weird. Because you know that’s how full grown adults talk about teenagers on social media.
Jacobs began blocking conservatives who brought up his past about fantasizing his urge to attack conservative teenagers on Thursday, but it’s not the only time The Guardian writer has gotten himself in trouble.
Back in 2016, he famously misquoted then candidate Donald Trump by omitting the last part of the Republican nominee’s sentence about voting and leaving the image in many people’s head that the billionaire was referring to lynching.
“We are going to deliver justice the way justice used to be in this country, at the ballot box on November Eighth,” Trump said right after then FBI Director James Comey closed the case on Clinton’s e-mail server for the second time. For some reason, the last part of that quote didn’t make into Jacobs’ tweet even though it could have fit.