Trump supporter accosted journalist at El Paso rally in 'incredibly violent attack'

Clay Curtis
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".

Skeans explained the attack as a "very hard shove" that caught him off guard.

O'Donoghue said a Trump supporter got on to a media platform and pushed the camera into his colleague, before continuing to push Skeans.

BBC's Ron Skeans was recording video of President Donald Trump speaking about immigration when he was knocked off balance by a man in the crowd, who can be seen moments later being restrained by another man wearing a red MAGA hat.

Prior to the attack in El Paso, where Trump had made a decision to rally support for his contentious border wall, the president had regularly referred to the media as "fake news". "The man was removed by security and Ron is fine", the statement read.

BBC's Ron Skeans was reportedly attacked and shoved to the ground by an unidentified supporter and Time photojournalist Chris Morris was grabbed by the neck and shoved to the ground by a Secret Service agent during a separate incident. He added he had previously been "spat at" during a Trump rally.

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He held a rally just 200 yards from Trump's speech - which the US President boasted had "35,000" people in attendance.

"This is a constant feature of these rallies - a goading of the crowds against the media".

CNN meanwhile filmed supporters of Mr Trump yelling abuse and swearing at reporters covering a rally in Florida past year.

Standing in a packed stadium under a giant American flag and banners saying "FINISH THE WALL", Mr Trump insisted that large portions of the project are already under construction and vowed to fulfill his 2016 campaign promise regardless of what happens in Congress.

He had a field day ripping into Beto O'Rourke - the former south Texas Democrat - who was holding a counter demonstration nearby.

"I'm very anxious that the hostility whipped up by Trump and some in conservative media will result in somebody getting hurt", tweeted Jim Acosta in response to the Florida incident.

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