During President Donald Trump’s rally in El Paso, Texas on Monday night, a BCC cameraman reportedly was “violently shoved and abused” by a Trump supporter who managed to access the press area.
The Guardian reported that BBC Washington correspondent Gary O’Donoghue tweeted footage of the incident and said the cameraman, Ron Skeans, was “fine” despite the “incredibly violent attack”, which BCC said in statement was “unacceptable.”
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. Skeans recovered to film a man in a red Make America Great Again cap being restrained and shouting: “Fuck the media.”
As he was led away some in the crowd at the rally could be heard chanting: “Let him go.”
According to O’Donoghue, a Trump supporter was able to get onto the media platform where he pushed the camera and then began pushing Skeans.
The cameraman told the BBC that he was caught unawares by a “very hard shove”, adding: “I didn’t know what was going on.”
O’Donoghue told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “It was an incredibly violent attack. Fortunately our cameraman is fine, he is made of stern stuff.”
Trump witnessed the incident from the stage and checked to see that everyone was okay, according to a BBC spokesperson.
A BBC spokeswoman said Skeans was “violently pushed and shoved by a member of the crowd” as he covered the rally. “The man was removed by security and Ron is fine. The president could see the incident and checked with us that all was OK,” she said. “It is clearly unacceptable for any of our staff to be attacked for doing their job.”
O’Donoghue said such angry expressions toward the press are not an anomaly but rather a “constant feature of [Trump’s] rallies”, adding, “I have been spat at before, they hurl abuse at American colleagues in particular.”
The HuffPost reported that BCC’s Washington news editor, Eleanor Montague, said Trump had whipped his crowd of supporters “into a frenzy against the media” before the attack took place — another staple of Trump rallies.
See the BBC's report on the incident below: