- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 30, 2017

The broken glasses made famous by Republican Congressman Greg Gianforte’s body slam of Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs are headed for a museum.

Montana’s U.S. House special election was thrown into disarray on May 24 when a question by Mr. Jacobs ultimately resulted in assault charges against Mr. Gianforte. Democrat challenger Rob Quist’s loss is now in the history books, but the Newseum in Washington, D.C., decided Mr. Jacobs’ broken glasses were a perfect fit for its collection.

“Our reporter @Bencjacobs has new glasses. His old pair, broken by a Montana congressman, are headed to the @Newseum,” the Guardian tweeted Tuesday.

“At the request of the Washington DC media museum the Newseum, Jacobs has agreed to donate his broken glasses to the museum for display in their collection,” the newspaper reported.

Some Twitter users reacted with amusement that a museum would see the glasses as some sort of historic exhibit.

Conservative satirist David Burge solemnly noted that “The Holy Spectacles of Montana have been consecrated in a special climate-controlled grotto at the News Vatican” before tweeting out an image of the Shroud of Turin and then one of the Shroud with Mr. Jacobs’s glasses over Jesus’s eyes.

“In case of nuclear attack, the Holy Glasses will be lowered into a lead-lined sarcophagus 1000 feet below Brian Williams’ anchor desk. If you kneel before the Holy Glasses and say 5 Our Rathers and 10 Hail Sources, your plagiarism is forgiven,” Mr. Burge “told” the 154,000 followers of his popular satirical feed.

Local authorities in Bozeman conducted an investigation after the incident and charged Mr. Gianforte with misdemeanor assault. The congressman faces up to six months in jail and a $500 fine if convicted.

“Last night I made a mistake, and I took an action that I can’t take back,” Mr. Gianforte told supporters after his May 25 victory. “And I’m not proud of what happened. I should not have responded the way I did, and for that I’m sorry. I should not have treated that reporter that way — and for that I’m sorry, Mr. Ben Jacobs.”

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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