Trump supporter accosted journalist at El Paso rally in 'incredibly violent attack'


A BBC journalist has shared footage from Monday night's Trump rally which appears to show a cameraman being attacked.

As the footage shows, Skeans was recording Trumps speech when the footage suddenly stumbles forwards as he is hit.

The BBC reports the unidentified Trump supporter twice nearly knocked Skeans and his camera over as he "shoved and swore" at other members of the press and yelled "f**k the media" before security escorted him away.

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

He is being restrained by a man in a black t-shirt - also wearing a red hat - as he shouts "f*** the media, f*** the media".

This isn't the first time Trump supporters have become violent towards news crew at a Trump rally.

It comes amid a series of stinging attacks on the press by Trump, branding the "fake news" the "enemy of the people".

Beto O'Rourke speaks to a crowd inside a ball park across the street from where President Donald Trump was holding a rally. "Fortunately our cameraman is fine, he is made of stern stuff", he told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

The president went to El Paso, on the U.S. border with Mexico, to campaign for a border wall, a divisive issue which caused the longest government shutdown in U.S. history.

"This is a constant feature of these rallies-a goading of the crowds against the media", Washington correspondent Gary O'Donoghue said.

'I have been spat at before, they hurl abuse at American colleagues in particular'.

According to a BBC statement, this time Trump "could see the incident and checked with us that all was OK".

Washington Examiner reporter Gabby Morrongiello, who shot video of the incident, explained that members in the press pen were trying to record a group of African-American students who were protesting Trump by standing together with interlocked hands.

Mr Trump went head-to-head against counterprogramming by Beto O'Rourke, a former Democratic congressman and potential Trump rival in 2020, who argued that walls cause more problems than they solve.