BBC Cameraman Shoved at Trump El Paso Rally

BBC Cameraman Shoved at Trump El Paso Rally

BBC Cameraman Shoved at Trump El Paso Rally

A President Trump supporter accosted a BBC cameraman at the president's campaign rally in El Paso, Texas, on Monday night.

The BBC has written to White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders asking for a review of security arrangements for the media attending the president's rallies following the attack'.

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 cameraman, Ron Skeans, said the "very hard shove" came from his blindside.

"Fortunately our cameraman is fine, he is made of stern stuff", O'Donoghue told the "Today" program on BBC Radio 4.

Esparza didn't return TPM's request for comment but told the Daily Beast: "We are looking into the situation and the released video of the incident but we are not pressing charges at this time ..."

As The Washington Post's Philip Rucker and others reported, Trump spoke for about 75-minutes Monday, attempting "to paint an image of crime and lawlessness on the border while claiming falsely that violent crime went down in El Paso after a wall was built".

The assault coincided with the president's speech, during which he criticized the media for misrepresenting him and producing "fake news".

Video was shared of Trump addressing the packed rally filmed by the BBC.

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A Trump spokesman for the rally suggested that the protester was drunk.

BBC producer Eleanor Montague described the crowd as having been "whipped into a frenzy" by Trump and other speakers, with the president slamming the media as "dishonest" and leading a chant of "CNN sucks!"

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.

Neither the White House nor the Trump campaign issued a public apology to Skeans, and it took more than 18 hours for the president to condemn the unidentified supporter's conduct.

Montague, meanwhile, returned to Twitter to confirm that Skeans is okay.

Trump paused his remarks following the commotion in the crowd and - pointing at the media - asked "You alright?"

This isn't the first time Trump supporters have become violent towards news crew at a Trump rally. The president often points out the gaggle of reporters in the crowd, who in turn boo and jeer them, and he has commonly referred to the media as "fake news" and "the enemy of the people".

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