A violent Trump supporter shoved a BBC cameraman and starting yelling, “F*ck the media! F*ck the media!” during Donald Trump’s rally in El Paso, Texas, last night.
The BBC’s Ron Skeans was working in the area of a raised camera platform at Trump’s campaign event when, he says, a “very hard shove” came out of nowhere. At the time, Trump was touting recent economic numbers to a roaring crowd in the El Paso County Coliseum.
Skeans’ colleagues say the apparent attack came after repeated verbal assaults on the media during the event. The BBC says 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, according to the BBC, describing the moment when his camera suddenly skewed down and away from the stage. Video footage showed a Trump supporter yelling obscenities as he was restrained and taken away from the area.
This is the shameful moment when my cameraman Ron Skeans was attacked at an @realDonaldTrump rally in El Paso last night – warning this video contains strong language. Happily Ron is fine. #TrumpElPaso pic.twitter.com/Ay5DYT6gjP
— Gary O’Donoghue (@BBCBlindGazza) February 12, 2019
The incident was apparently so wild and noticeable that even Trump stopped to check and see if the cameraman was fine asking, “You all right? Everything OK?”
The BBC’s Washington news editor, Eleanor Montague, tweeted that Trump had whipped the crowd “into a frenzy against the media” prior to the attack.