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Trump Supporter Attacks BBC Journalist at El Paso Rally

13 February 2019
Trump Supporter Attacks BBC Journalist at El Paso Rally

The scuffle captured late Monday by BBC shows the man, who is wearing one of Trump's signature red Make America Great Again hats, being restrained by another man while swearing at BBC cameraman Ron Skeans and other news crews.

Trump went on to recount how he heard about the assault while he was in Rome after already having endorsed Gianforte. Prior to the attack, Trump said, "We have suffered a totally dishonest media and we've won and it's driving them insane, driving them insane".

Speaking on the altercation, British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt told Sky News that "it is never acceptable when journalists and cameraman are attacked just for doing their job". "Everything OK?" He offered the media a a thumbs-up and continued his speech after Skeans returned the gesture, according to the BBC.

There was a brief scuffle on a press platform away from the stage on Monday night, when a man began shoving members of the news media and was restrained. Trump noticed the commotion during his rally and briefly paused to ensure "everything [was] ok" before continuing. Shielding his eyes to see better, the president asked, "You all right?"

Other BBC staff who were at the event said the Trump supporter went after a group of news teams, and the cameraman had seemingly taken the worst of it.

Another BBC colleague, Gary O'Donoghue, told the same show that such attacks are "a constant feature of these rallies - a goading of the crowds against the media".

The BBC spokesman said in a statement Tuesday to The Post that, "The man was removed by security and Ron is fine".

"We are relieved that, this time, no one was seriously hurt", wrote Olivier Knox, president of the White House Correspondents' Association. The Trump campaign didn't immediately respond to a request for a comment.

News outlets have pushed back, with New York Times (NYT.N) publisher A.G. Sulzberger joining others in saying that Trump's language has increased the prospect of journalists facing violence, both in the United States and overseas.

He added he had previously been "spat at" during a Trump rally.

"F*** the media", he shouts during the incident.

As he does at most rallies, Trump had repeatedly encouraged the crowd to boo at the journalists covering the event, accusing them of "fake" coverage. "Wow. Look at all the press there".