Trump Supporter Attacks Photographer at El Paso Trump Rally

A man is restrained after he began shoving members of the media during a rally for President Donald Trump in El Paso Texas

A man is restrained after he began shoving members of the media during a rally for President Donald Trump in El Paso Texas

A President Trump supporter accosted a BBC cameraman at the president's campaign rally in El Paso, Texas, on Monday night.

The BBC's Washington correspondent Gary O'Donoghue described Monday's incident as "an incredibly violent attack" in an interview with his employer.

According to a BBC report, the man had been attacking various news crews, but Skeans got the worst of it, the blow so blindsiding him that the camera dipped to the floor and swung around crazily until the man was restrained. "Fortunately our cameraman is fine, he is made of stern stuff", he told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

Footage from Skeans' camera, tweeted by O'Donoghue, suggested he and his equipment were knocked off balance for around 10 seconds, as he was filming Trump's speech.

Mr Skeans said the man nearly knocked him and his camera over twice before he was wrestled away by a blogger. The public broadcaster said Trump could see the incident, and "checked with us that all was ok".

The frame then shakes and loses focuses as the camera operator as attacked by an unidentified man wearing one of Trump's trademark MAGA red hats.

She later added: "To all those who asked after the cameraman - Ron is fine".

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'It is clearly unacceptable for any of our staff to be attacked for doing their job'.

"This is a constant feature of these rallies - a goading of the crowds against the media", Mr O'Donoghue said.

The sound of booing resounds throughout the El Paso County Coliseum as the attacker is drawn away.

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.

More than a half-hour in his rally, Mr Trump had scarcely mentioned immigration, offering just a passing suggestion that those chanting "Build the Wall" switch to "Finish the Wall".

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

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