Hat-Wearing Rally Goer Attacked A BBC Cameraman In El Paso

Pauline Gross
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.

Describing what unfolded, he said a Trump supporter mounted the press gallery and pushed the camera into his colleague, before continuing to push Skeans.

Donald Trump saw the attack and confirmed Mr Skeans was well with a thumbs up after it happened. In October he used a campaign speech to attack what he called media "hostility" after a wave of pipe bombs were sent to senior Democrats, prominent critics and the broadcaster CNN.

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

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 swearing and being restrained by another man.

This isn't the first time Trump supporters have become violent towards news crew at a Trump rally.

The BBC's Washington correspondent, Gary O'Donoghue, said Mr Skeans is "fortunately OK".

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Mr O'Donoghue added that he had been "spat at before".

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

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

CNN meanwhile filmed supporters of Mr Trump yelling abuse and swearing at reporters covering a rally in Florida previous year.

Mr O'Rourke, meanwhile, held a countermarch with dozens of local civic, human rights and Hispanic groups in his hometown, followed by a protest rally attended by thousands on a baseball field within shouting distance from the arena where Mr Trump spoke. So we are saying finish the wall.

"I'm very anxious that the hostility whipped up by Trump and some in conservative media will result in somebody getting hurt", tweeted Jim Acosta in response to the Florida incident.

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