BBC asks for security review after cameraman allegedly attacked at Trump rally

BBC cameraman attacked at Donald Trump El Paso rally by MAGA hat thug | Daily Star

British Broadcasting Corporation cameraman Ron Skeans was attacked by a Trump supporter yelling anti-media slogans during the United States president's rally in El Paso late Monday.

In an article Tuesday, the BBC reported that it "has requested the White House review security for media attending President Donald Trump's rallies after an attack on one of its cameramen".

"Mr Skeans said the "very hard shove" came from his blindside", reported the BBC, adding: "Mr Skeans said the man nearly knocked him and his camera over twice before he was wrestled away by a blogger".

The cameraman told the BBC that the "very hard shove" came out of nowhere. Fortunately, our cameraman is fine. Video from Skeans' camera showed the attacker shouting expletives about the media as he was being dragged away.

The president had gone to El Paso to campaign for his border wall, an issue which resulted in the longest government shutdown in USA history.

A reporter for the Washington Examiner wrote on Twitter that leading up to the altercation, Trump had "railed against all the media".

Other BBC staff who were at the event said the Trump supporter went after a group of news teams, and the cameraman had seemingly taken the worst of it. After the attack, a Trump campaign official suggested that the attacker had been drunk.

The public broadcaster also said that Trump "checked with us that all was OK".

Washington editor Eleanor Montague, who was at the event with Skeans, tweeted out footage of the incident, which she blamed on the president's hostile rhetoric.




At the time, he told CNN that Trump has created a "toxic atmosphere" in which people feel emboldened to attack members of the press.

Trump, in turn, has often supported and joked about violence against reporters and the media, going so far as to praise Rep. Greg Gianforte after he allegedly threw an American reporter to the ground in the final days of his bid for Congress.

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

Skeans told the BBC that the man had nearly knocked him and his camera over twice before a blogger in the designated press area was able to intervene and remove the intruder.

Her statement followed a call by White House Correspondents' Association Chairman Olivier Knox for the president to apologize.

Trump said once that he wanted to punch a protester at Las Vegas rally.

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

"Ron is fine", the BBC says.

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