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The People's Elbow: Justin Trudeau Apologizes For Jostling Politician

He said he was sorry and got a standing ovation.

By Katie Link | May 19, 2016

When you "manhandle" someone, you say "sorry. And when you’re Justin Trudeau and you manhandle someone, you say sorry and you get a standing ovation.

Let us explain. On Wednesday, the Canadian prime minister marched over to a group of MPs in the House of Commons and grabbed Conservative whip Gordon Brown by the arm, leading him out of the group.

But Trudeau apparently forgot about spatial awareness — the video shows him elbowing New Democrat Ruth Ellen Brosseau as he pulled Brown out of the group so they could begin voting.

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Trudeau circled back, and a shouting match ensued.

Leave it to the Internet to take the moment and run with it. The hashtag #elbowgate started trending quickly, and video of the altercation went viral. 

His cohorts were understandably upset: "I watched him as he grabbed the official opposition's whip, my good friend, by the arm. I also watched him as he yelled something so out of line that I will not repeat it," Conservative Rona Ambrose said.

Trudeau put his tail between his legs and begged for forgiveness — repeatedly.

"I apologize to my colleagues, to the House as a whole and to you, Mr. Speaker, for failing to live up to a higher standard of behavior," Trudeau said. 

Looks like it's apology accepted — for now, at least.

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