BBC Cameraman Suffers 'Incredibly Violent Attack' At Trump Rally

Leroy Wright
February 12, 2019

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.

The video, filmed by a cameraman for the BBC, shows the moment that the Trump supporter, later said by a campaign official to have been drunk, attacked the press corps during a frenetic rally.

According to a BBC reporter covering the rally, the attack happened after President Trump had launched heavy criticism towards the news media. "Fortunately our cameraman is fine, he is made of stern stuff", Mr O'Donoghue told the Today programme.

He shared footage of the incident on Twitter.

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

As the camera appears to visibly bounce around for about 10 seconds, the screen then focuses on a man in a red cap who is being restrained by another man in a black t-shirt.

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

The BBC reported that President Trump checked the cameraman and media were well with a thumbs up, and continued his speech after Mr Skeans returned the gesture.

'It is clearly unacceptable for any of our staff to be attacked for doing their job'. He called it "an incredibly violent attack" and said the "goading of the crowds against the media" is "a constant feature" of Trump's rallies.

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

He had a field day ripping into Beto O'Rourke - the former south Texas Democrat - who was holding a counter demonstration nearby. 'It's a moral thing, to put it in the opposite terms.

More than a half-hour in his rally, Mr Trump had scarcely mentioned immigration, offering just a passing suggestion that those chanting "Build the Wall" switch to "Finish the Wall". He added he had previously been "spat at" during a Trump rally.

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