Trump supporter allegedly attacks cameraman at El Paso rally

12 February, 2019, 15:43 | Author: Wade Massey
  • Trump supporter allegedly attacks cameraman at El Paso rally

A supporter of Donald Trump stormed the press platform and attacked a BBC cameraman at the president's rally in El Paso, Texas, on Monday.

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.

As the camera appears to visibly bounce around for about 10 seconds, the screen then focuses on a man in a red cap who is swearing and being restrained by another man.

Trump saw the attack from the stage and paused to give Skeans a thumbs up and ask if everything was okay.

Mr O'Donoghue told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "It was an incredibly violent attack".

Gary O'Donoghue, the Washington correspondent for the British public service broadcaster, described the attack on his cameraman Ron Skeans as "incredibly violent".

'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.

Washington editor Eleanor Montague, who was at the event with Skeans, tweeted out footage of the incident, which she blamed on the president's hostile rhetoric.

He has claimed journalists are "the enemy of the people" and slammed the "fake news" for reports he deems unfavourable.

"The crowd had been whipped up into a frenzy against the media by Trump and other speakers all night", Montague tweeted.

A campaign official suggested the attacker was drunk.

During Monday night's rally in El Paso, the President encouraged support for his proposed border wall with Mexico to protect the United States against a "tremendous onslaught" of migrant caravans, violent criminals and drugs. And they made clear that Mr Trump's long-promised border wall is sure to play an outsized role in the presidential race, as both sides use it to try to rally their supporters and highlight their contrasting approaches.

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