Published: Tue, February 12, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

BBC cameraman 'violently pushed and shoved' during Trump rally

BBC cameraman 'violently pushed and shoved' during Trump rally

As President Trump took shots at the media on several occasions during his rally in El Paso, Texas last night, one Trump supporter took things up another notch.

Washington correspondent Gary O'Donoghue, who is blind, also shared a clip of the attack and said it was a "constant feature" of the rallies.

A spokeswoman for BBC said that Skeans was "violently pushed and shoved". Fortunately our cameraman is fine, he is made of stern stuff, ' O'Donoghue told the Today programme.

In the footage, the camera which is focused on Mr Trump is jolted away.

Ron Skeans was filming a rally in El Paso, Texas on Monday night when a man got onto the reporters' platform screaming "f*** the media" and shoved the camera into his colleague.

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

A Trump campaign official later suggested the assailant was drunk, and Trump reportedly gave Skeans a thumbs-up signal, and then continued his speech after the cameraman returned the gesture.

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

'The man was removed by security and Ron is fine.

"I have been spat at before, they hurl abuse at American colleagues in particular". The president could see the incident and checked with us that all was OK, ' she said.

The American president has a strained relationship with the media.

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

Last year, United Nations experts warned that Mr Trump's "strategic" rhetoric against the media "increases the risk of journalists being targeted with violence".

The president went to El Paso, on the United States border with Mexico, to campaign for a border wall, a divisive issue which caused the longest government shutdown in U.S. history. "The arena holds 8,000 and, thank you fire department, they got in about 10 [thousand]", he said. "Tens of thousands of people are watching screens outside".

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