Trump supporter knocks over media cameras at rally

Sergio Conner
February 12, 2019

A BBC cameraman was subjected to an "incredibly violent attack" while he was filming a Donald Trump rally in Texas on Monday, according to his colleagues.

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.

"It was an incredibly violent attack. Fortunately our cameraman is fine, he is made of stern stuff", Mr O'Donoghue told the Today programme.

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

He is being restrained by a man in a black t-shirt - also wearing a red hat - as he shouts "f*** the media, f*** the media".

The video shows the attacker being restrained and subsequently removed from the media section.

The cameraman told the BBC that the "very hard shove" came out of nowhere.

Trump had used his rally to encourage support for his proposed border wall with Mexico, which he claims will protect the United States from violent criminals, drugs and a "tremendous onslaught" of migrant caravans.

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

A BBC spokeswoman said Mr Skeans was "violently pushed and shoved by a member of the crowd" as he covered the rally.

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

The BBC's Washington Editor Eleanor Montague was also standing in the press gallery and said: 'The crowd had been whipped up into a frenzy against the media by Trump and other speakers all night'.

Mr Trump's "Finish the Wall" rally in El Paso was the first dueling rallies of the 2020 campaign season.

It is unusual for the violence to turn physical at these rallies, though the president has previously condoned an assault on a journalist-last year Trump referred to the 2017 incident in which soon-to-be-congressman Greg Gianforte body-slammed the Guardian's Ben Jacobs, saying Gianforte is "my guy" and "a great guy and a tough cookie".

Beto O'Rourke speaks to a crowd inside a ball park across the street from where President Donald Trump was holding a rally.

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