BBC cameraman blindsided by Trump supporter's attack at Texas rally

F*ck the media’ Trump supporter goes berserk and attacks BBC cameraman at El Paso rally

F*ck the media’ Trump supporter goes berserk and attacks BBC cameraman at El Paso rally

BBC cameraman Ron Skeans was pushed and shoved by a Trump supporter yelling anti-media slogans during the U.S. president's rally in El Paso, Texas, late Monday.

Sherrod Brown of OH, a possible presidential contender in 2020, on Tuesday urged President Trump to rein in his supporters' attacks on the media after a man shoved a TV cameraman at a campaign rally in El Paso, Texas. The attacker was apprehended immediately, and while being grappled from behind he shouted "USA" and "F*** the media".

A spokeswoman for BBC said that Skeans was "violently pushed and shoved". Video from Skeans' camera showed the attacker shouting expletives about the media as he was being dragged away.

"I really wish I didn't have to introduce this, but we have seen rhetoric from the president declaring the media as the 'enemy of the state, '" Swalwell said.

Supporters hold placards as US President Donald Trump speaks during a rally at El Paso County Coliseum in El Paso, Texas, US, February 11, 2019.

Trump has waged a war on the First Amendment throughout his time in the Oval Office, frequently slamming critical media coverage of him as "fake" news.

CNN meanwhile filmed supporters of Mr Trump yelling abuse and swearing at reporters covering a rally in Florida a year ago. Mr. Brown added that physical attacks on the media by Trump supporters have "become too par for the course".

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and Donald Trump Jr., were also among the speakers at the rally, which focused on border security.

The BBC's Washington correspondent, Gary O'Donoghue, tweeted that before the incident, Mr Trump denounced "supposed media bias" from the podium.

Former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci condemned Trump's supporters at the Florida rally on Twitter, saying the behaviour was "not who we are".

He said Skeans is "fine" but on Twitter said it was a "shameful moment".

BBC Washington producer Eleanor Montague said the protester, whose name remains unknown, had taunted other news teams, but Skeans "got the brunt of it".

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. "The man was removed by security and Ron is fine".

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