BBC cameraman attacked at Trump rally


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. On his Facebook page, Skeans says that he is from Dayton, Ohio and attended Meadowvale High School and the International School of Broadcasting. "It is clearly unacceptable for any of our staff to be attacked for doing their job".

"I didn't know what was going on", Skeans said. Video from Skeans' camera showed the attacker shouting expletives about the media as he was being dragged away.

The disruption forced Trump to pause his remarks. "Now, you really mean finish the wall", Trump responded.

He then flashed a thumbs-up sign in Skeans' direction.

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".

BBC Washington correspondent Gary O'Donoghue said the attack was "incredibly violent" and "was a constant feature of these rallies - a goading of the crowds against the media".

The man was removed by security, and Trump reportedly "checked" with the crew to make sure everything was okay.

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The Donald Trump supporter could be seen being restrained after the incident.

It comes amid a series of stinging attacks on the press by Trump, branding the "fake news" the "enemy of the people". The El Paso police department told TIME it was "still gathering" information.

Last year, United Nations experts warned that Mr Trump's "strategic" rhetoric against the media "increases the risk of journalists being targeted with violence".

The video shows Trump speaking at the podium, before the camera is abruptly knocked sideways.

CNN meanwhile filmed supporters of Mr Trump yelling abuse and swearing at reporters covering a rally in Florida a year ago.

Trump, using a hand to shield his eyes from the lights, addressed the media covering the event. "Can you believe that?" "This is like the Academy Awards used to be", he said. "When the media starts becoming honest, and maybe they will, because we've done something that's never been done before".