Publicado: Mier, Febrero 13, 2019
Global | Por Milagro Delgado

Trump Supporter Attacks BBC Journalist at El Paso Rally

Trump Supporter Attacks BBC Journalist at El Paso Rally

Washington correspondent Gary O'Donoghue, who is blind, also shared a clip of the attack and said it was a "constant feature" of the rallies.

The video, filmed by a cameraman for the BBC, shows the moment that the Trump supporter, later said by a campaign official to have been drunk, attacked the press corps during a frenetic rally. "Everything ok?" Before continuing with his speech, Trump flashed a thumbs up sign in Skeans' direction.

Montague said, "It was an incredibly violent attack. He is made of stern stuff", he told BBC Radio.

News reports the man had entered the press area and allegedly went after the journalists before another man wrestled him away.

Video from Skeans's camera showed it fall toward the ground.

The man can then be heard shouting "USA" and "f*ck the media".

He yells "fuck the media" twice before being led away.

On Twitter, BBC Americas bureau chief Paul Danahar condemned the attack on Skeans, warning that the aggressive shoving of a cameraman could be a preview of far more unsafe assaults at Trump rallies if the president doesn't loudly and unequivocally denounce the violence.

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

"We appreciate the swift action from venue security and law enforcement", Michael Glassner, Chief Operating Officer, Trump for President Inc., said in a statement issued Tuesday.

Trump has had a contentious relationship with the media since prior to his election, claiming journalists are "enemy of the people" and tweeting criticisms of "fake news" over negative stories published about his administration. "The president could see the incident and checked with us that all was OK".

A BBC spokeswoman said Skeans was "violently pushed and shoved by a member of the crowd" as he covered the rally.

Harassment of the media has been a regular thing at Trump rallies since the 2016 campaign. Trump said during the incident, gesturing toward the press pen.

"There is a broader issue here which is that previous year 80 journalists were killed across the world just for doing their job", Hunt said.

A reporter for the Washington Examiner wrote on Twitter that leading up to the altercation, Trump had "railed against all the media".

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