BBC cameraman is assaulted by a thug in a MAGA-hat’ as Trump whips the gang ‘right into a frenzy’ with anti-media jibes at his rally in Texas
- BBC cameraman was subjected to an ‘extremely violent assault’ in El Paso, Texas
- The ‘MAGA’ hat sporting man allegedly shoves the person whereas yelling at him
- Footage reveals the Trump supporter being held again as he says: ‘F**okay the media’
- One reporter claimed Trump whipped the gang right into a ‘frenzy in opposition to the media’
Ross Ibbetson For Mailonline
The BBC’s Washington correspondent Gary O’Donoghue advised the At the moment programme in regards to the assault on his cameraman
A BBC cameraman was assaulted in an ‘extremely violent assault’ as President Donald Trump was accused of whipping his rally right into a ‘frenzy’ in opposition to the media in Texas.
Washington correspondent Gary O’Donoghue, who’s blind, stated his cameraman Ron Skeans was filming the rally in El Paso.
Describing what unfolded, he stated a Trump supporter mounted the press gallery and pushed the digital camera into his colleague, earlier than persevering with to push Skeans.
‘It was an extremely violent assault. Thankfully our cameraman is ok, he’s product of stern stuff,’ O’Donoghue advised the At the moment programme.
Footage captured from Skeans’ digital camera was posted to Twitter by O’Donoghue and reveals the shot targeted on Trump earlier than jolting away.
Because the digital camera seems to visibly bounce round for round 10 seconds, the display screen then focuses on a person in a crimson ‘Make America Nice Once more’ cap who’s being restrained by one other man in a black t-shirt.
‘This can be a fixed function of those rallies – a goading of the crowds in opposition to the media,’ O’Donoghue added.
‘I’ve been spat at earlier than, they hurl abuse at American colleagues particularly.’
President Donald Trump speaks throughout a rally on the El Paso County Coliseum in El Paso, Texas on Monday
Footage captured by a journalist within the press gallery reveals the Trump supporter yelling obscenities on the media
He’s finally escorted off the stage as members of the press attempt to rearrange themselves following his alleged assault
O’Donoghue stated Trump’s 2020 election marketing campaign, which he thinks has begun, can be as ‘hostile and ill-tempered and divisive because the one we noticed final time’.
The BBC’s Washington Editor Eleanor Montague was additionally standing within the press gallery and stated: ‘The group had been whipped up right into a frenzy in opposition to the media by Trump and different audio system all night time.’
A BBC spokeswoman stated Skeans was ‘violently pushed and shoved by a member of the gang’ as he lined the rally.
‘The person was eliminated by safety and Ron is ok. The president might see the incident and checked with us that each one was OK,’ she stated.
‘It’s clearly unacceptable for any of our workers to be attacked for doing their job.’
Chatting with a packed stadium that holds about 8,000 in El Paso, Trump slammed the ‘dishonest media.’
He had a discipline day ripping into Beto O’Rourke – the previous south Texas Democrat – who was holding a counter demonstration close by.
Trump mocked the scale of O’Rourke’s crowd and referred to as the 46-year-old ‘a younger man who’s obtained little or no going for himself, besides he is obtained an incredible first identify.’
The President, talking on a stage flanked by two giant crimson ‘End the Wall’ indicators, made it clear why he got here to the border.
The Trump supporter was held again as he shouted ‘F**okay the media’ at members of the press
Former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke speaks to a crowd of supporters at a ball park near the place Trump’s rally was being held following a ‘March for Reality’ in El Paso
‘A wall is an excellent factor, not a foul factor,’ he advised Fox Information host Laura Ingraham in an interview after his rally. ‘It is a ethical factor, to place it within the reverse phrases. We do not even say construct the wall anymore.
‘We are saying end the wall as a result of we constructed rather a lot and we’re renovating an amazing quantity of stuff that was actually in dangerous form but it surely had good construction. So we’re saying end the wall. Partitions are crucial.’
In freewheeling remarks at his rally, Trump additionally trashed the ‘Inexperienced New Deal,’ however did not single out its most distinguished backer, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez – though he bashed Democrats usually.