Trump Supporter Attacks BBC Cameraman at Texas Rally

Frederick Owens
February 12, 2019

The BBC says that one of its photojournalists was attacked Monday while covering President Donald Trump's rally in El Paso, Texas. According to BBC, a Trump campaign official suggested that the man causing the violence was drunk.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Mr O'Donoghue said it was "an incredibly violent attack".

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

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", Mr O'Donoghue said.

Washington correspondent Gary O'Donoghue, said his colleague Ron Skeans had been filming the rally when he was pushed to the ground by a Trump supporter.

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

Trump, who noticed the altercation, checked whether Skeans was alright by giving him a thumbs-up.

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He said security removed the man who jumped onto the media platform.

During Monday night's rally in El Paso, the President encouraged support for his proposed border wall with Mexico to protect the USA against a "tremendous onslaught" of migrant caravans, violent criminals and drugs.

Beto O'Rourke speaks to a crowd inside a ball park across the street from where President Donald Trump was holding a rally. "Here's a video of him being dragged out of press row".

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

Trump's rally in El Paso was also his first direct clash with potential 2020 presidential rival Beto O'Rourke.

The US President has accused the media of "refusing" to cover his work and openly called them "enemies".

Mitt Romney, a senator from Utah and former Republican presidential nominee, argued previous year that Trump's tactics are detrimental to democracy.

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