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BBC cameraman attacked at Trump rally

F*ck the media’ Trump supporter goes berserk and attacks BBC cameraman at El Paso rally

Camera Ron Skeans was unhurt after a Trump supporter wearing a trademark "Make America Great Again" hat jumped onto the media platform and started shoving him. He then returned to his speech, which was littered with media bashing as is a tradition for his rallies.

BBC Washington correspondent Gary O'Donoghue, who was covering the El Paso event, said his cameraman was pushed and shoved by the unidentified assailant "after the president repeatedly goaded the crowd over supposed media bias".

"Fortunately our cameraman is fine, he is made of stern stuff", O'Donoghue told the "Today" program on BBC Radio 4. Even after similar incidents have occurred, the president continues to call the media "the enemy of the people".

Supporters hold placards as US President Donald Trump speaks during a rally at El Paso County Coliseum in El Paso, Texas, US, February 11, 2019.

Last August UN experts warned Mr Trump's attacks "increase the risk of journalists being targeted with violence", calling his rhetoric "strategic".

A belligerent man at President Trump's rally on the Texas border apparently attacked news crews, shoving and swearing at a photojournalist from the BBC, according to reports and a spokesman for the network.

Officials with the Trump campaign did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

He has also threatened to revoke NBC's broadcast license amid attacks on fake news - a decision that his FCC chairman rejected. Skeans suffered no lasting harm, the BBC said.

Eleanor Montague, BBC's Washington producer, said that in the lead-up to the attack the president had denounced the media for misrepresenting him and used his "fake news" epithet.

United Nations experts last August warned that Trump's attacks "increase the risk of journalists being attacked with violence" and suggested that his rhetoric was "strategic".

The man was eventually removed by security at the event.

On his Facebook page, Skeans says that he is from Dayton, Ohio and attended Meadowvale High School and the International School of Broadcasting.

Trump's rallies have triggered altercations before, and he has discussed the idea of whether protesters who come to the rallies should be "roughed up" or punched in the face.

Beto O'Rourke speaks to a crowd inside a ball park across the street from where President Donald Trump was holding a rally.