BBC cameraman attacked at Trump rally

Blanche Robertson
February 12, 2019

A Trump supporter, sporting a MAGA cap, attacked a BBC cameraman while at the US president's campaign rally in El Paso, Texas.

The video, filmed by a cameraman for the BBC, shows the moment that the Trump supporter, later said by a campaign official to have been drunk, attacked the press corps during a frenetic rally.

The BBC reports the unidentified Trump supporter twice nearly knocked Skeans and his camera over as he "shoved and swore" at other members of the press and yelled "f**k the media" before security escorted him away.

Speaking on BBC's Today programme, Mr O'Donoghue claimed the incident was an "incredibly violent attack".

Footage from Skeans' camera, tweeted by O'Donoghue, suggested he and his equipment were knocked off balance for around 10 seconds, as he was filming Trump's speech.

He yells "fuck the media" twice before being led away.

"This is a constant feature of these rallies - a goading of the crowds against the media", O'Donoghue added.

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"I have been spat at before, they hurl abuse at American colleagues in particular", he added. "The man was removed by security and Ron is fine".

The BBC's Washington editor Eleanor Montague the crowd had been "whipped up into a frenzy" before Mr Skeans was assaulted.

As President Trump talked about the current unemployment rate among minority groups in America, a man wearing a MAGA hat allegedly shoved a BBC cameraman, knocking both him and his camera over.

'It is clearly unacceptable for any of our staff to be attacked for doing their job'.

It comes amid a series of stinging attacks on the press by Trump, branding the "fake news" the "enemy of the people".

Trump's rally in El Paso was also his first direct clash with potential 2020 presidential rival Beto O'Rourke.

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

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