BBC cameraman attacked by Donald Trump supporter at Texas rally

Nellie Chapman
February 12, 2019

Footage captured at President Donald Trump's rally in El Paso on Monday shows the moment the camera operator was attacked by an angry supporter.

Washington correspondent Gary O'Donoghue, meanwhile, said the incident was "an incredibly violent attack", and blamed Trump's rallies for pitting the supporters of the president against the media.

Mr Skeans said the man nearly knocked him and his camera over twice before he was wrestled away by a blogger.

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

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.

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

"I have been spat at before, they hurl abuse at American colleagues in particular", he added.

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The experienced cameraman told the BBC that he was caught unawares by a "very hard shove", adding: "I didn't know what was going on".

President Trump has repeatedly claimed journalists are "the enemy of the people" and reporters of "fake news" since taking office in 2016.

The president, who was at a section his speech concerning Hispanic and Asian Americans when the violence broke out, reportedly noticed the disruption.

According to a BBC statement, this time Trump "could see the incident and checked with us that all was OK".

United Nations experts last August warned that Trump's attacks "increase the risk of journalists being attacked with violence" and suggested that his rhetoric was "strategic".

The sound of booing resounds throughout the El Paso County Coliseum as the attacker is drawn away.

"The arena holds 8,000 and thank you fire department, they got in about 10 (thousand)", he said.

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