Trump supporter attacks cameraman at rally

Lester Mason
February 12, 2019

A BBC cameraman was violently shoved and abused during a Donald Trump rally in El Paso, Texas, on Monday night, in an incident the corporation described as "unacceptable".

According to a BBC reporter covering the rally, the attack happened after President Trump had launched heavy criticism towards the news media. Fortunately our cameraman is fine, he is made of stern stuff, ' O'Donoghue told the Today programme.

He shared footage of the incident on Twitter.

Mr O'Donoghue claimed a supporter of Mr Trump got on to the reporters' platform, and pushed the camera into his colleague, before continuing to push Mr Skeans.

The man then proceeded to push Mr Skeans before being wrestled away by a man in a black shirt who was also wearing a red Make America Great Again cap.

She tweeted: "Just attended my first Donald Trump rally where my colleague BBC cameraman Rob Skeans was attacked by a Trump supporter".

The alleged assailant screams "f*ck the media" as he's pulled away from Skeans, and the crowd begins to chant "let him go" as they become aware of the disturbance.

"This is a constant feature of these rallies - a goading of the crowds against the media", Mr O'Donoghue said, who added that he had been "spat at before".

Mr Skeans said the "very hard shove" came from his blindside. "The man was removed by security and Ron is fine".

The BBC's Washington news editor, Eleanor Montague, said Trump had whipped the crowd "into a frenzy against the media" prior to the attack.

The US President has accused the media of "refusing" to cover his work and openly called them "enemies".

Last August UN experts warned Mr Trump's attacks "increase the risk of journalists being targeted with violence", calling his rhetoric "strategic".

Speaking to a packed stadium that holds about 8,000 in El Paso, Trump slammed the 'dishonest media'. "Tens of thousands of people are watching screens outside".

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