Cameraman Attacked at Trump Rally in Texas

Lamar Ellis
February 13, 2019

'For questions around security at Trump campaign events please contact the campaign directly'.

A man is restrained after he began shoving members of the media during a rally for President Donald Trump at the El Paso County Coliseum, on February 11 in El Paso, Texas. "We all are concerned there will be something worse happening at some time in the future".

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.

As the footage shows, Skeans was recording Trumps speech when the footage suddenly stumbles forwards as he is hit. The BBC camerman's shot was focused onTrump before jolting away.

"F*** the media, f*** the media", the attacker, who was wearing a red "Make America Great Again" hat shouted as he was dragged away from the scene.

Mr O'Donoghue added that he thinks President Trump's 2020 election campaign will be as "hostile and ill-tempered and divisive as the one we saw last time".

Trump at one point in the rally marveled at the side of the media contingent, and then compared it to coverage of the Oscars. 'I promise you I will pay for the legal fees.

Christopher Morrison, the study's lead author, told the New York Times previous year that this violence was not a problem for rallies held by any other presidential candidates.

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'He's walking out with big high-fives, smiling, laughing, ' Trump said. I think it might help him.

But according to reports, a spokesman for El Paso fire department said the president's claim was incorrect, and that 6,500 people were allowed inside - the building's capacity. "It's important that the president at some point, sooner rather than later, goes on television - not just tweets but goes on television - and says that reporters and journalists are not enemies of the people".

After the attacker was restrained, Mr Trump asked if everything was OK and continued with his "Finish The Wall" rally.

The US President was addressing a rally in El Paso, Texas, which was being covered by a news team from the BBC.

BBC producer Eleanor Montague described the crowd as having been "whipped into a frenzy" by Trump and other speakers, with the president slamming the media as "dishonest" and leading a chant of "CNN sucks!"

Washington correspondent Gary O'Donoghue, who is blind, said his colleague Ron Skeans had been filming a rally in El Paso, Texas, when the incident happened.

He said security removed the man who jumped onto the media platform.

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