Yet, there are plenty of people still upset over Trump's Gianforte joke and gesture, particularly because of the timing.
The "Cuomo Prime Time" host said that if Gianforte ― whose 2017 body-slamming of a journalist was celebrated by President Donald Trump at a rally this week ― didn't like the criticism that he was leveling at him, then he could "come body-slam me as well".
He also asked why Trump always praises bullies and "celebrates punks who go after the little guy".
"Everything Gianforte did is weak, okay?" Cuomo later added. "He attacked someone who wasn't a threat, was at every disadvantage, Gianforte showed no control, no confidence, no respect for his office or his constituents or for the law". Gianforte body-slammed Guardian journalist Ben Jacobs in 2017, a day before the elections, after taking umbrage at a question posed by the reporter. Greg is a tremendous person and he's a tough cookie.
While outrage over Trump's remarks erupted on social media. Mr Gianforte had pleaded guilty to the assault and was given a six-month deferred jail sentence, ordered to pay a fine of $385 and sentenced to 40 hours of community service and 20 hours of anger management counselling.
"A "tough cookie" doesn't attack someone out of nowhere without provocation, for asking a question about health-care policy", he said.
CNN's Anderson Cooper, who interviewed Jacobs on Friday evening, commented, "Clearly, the president's love of "tough cookies" - as he calls them - is matched only by his antipathy for the press".
"People that bodyslam the president - maybe that's my kind of guys", Tyler said.
At least in the short term, Jacobs said Friday, "this is the new normal".