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

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

In response to the attack, the BBC penned a letter to White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, asking that security arrangements for the media during rallies be reviewed to prevent such incidents in the future.

A BBC cameraman has been "violently attacked" at a Donald Trump rally by a MAGA hat-wearing supporter of the US President.

Shouting "f*ck the media", the Trump supporter at last night's rally blindsided BBC camera operator Ron Skeans with two hard shoves, Skeans says.

He said the man attempted to smash the BBC camera.

News reports the man had entered the press area and allegedly went after the journalists before another man wrestled him away. "Everything OK?" He gave Skeans the thumbs up and the cameraman signaled that he was OK, the BBC reported.

The attack on my colleague at President Trump's El Paso rally was aggressive & unpleasant but not life threatening.

O'Donoghue added that the president had "repeatedly goaded" the crowd over supposed media bias during the rally prior to the incident, a "constant feature" of the rallies.

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"We are relieved that, this time, no one was seriously hurt", Olivier Knox, WHCA president, said in a statement.

Trump had used his rally to encourage support for his proposed border wall with Mexico, which he claims will protect the U.S. from violent criminals, drugs and a "tremendous onslaught" of migrant caravans.

Several organizations advocating for the press have released statements condemning the attack and calling on Trump to stop his risky anti-press rhetoric.

News outlets have pushed back, with New York Times (NYT.N) publisher A.G. Sulzberger joining others in saying that Trump's language has increased the prospect of journalists facing violence, both in the United States and overseas.

CNN meanwhile filmed supporters of Mr Trump yelling abuse and swearing at reporters covering a rally in Florida a year ago. Regardless, it's clearly Trump's anti-media invective-"enemy of the people" and etc. -that inspires these attacks in the first place.

"The crowd had been whipped up into a frenzy against the media by Trump and other speakers all night".

He said the man attempted to smash the BBC camera.

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