Published: Tue, February 12, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Cameraman victim of 'incredibly violent attack' at Trump rally

Cameraman victim of 'incredibly violent attack' at Trump rally

As the camera appears to visibly bounce around for around 10 seconds, the screen then focuses on a man in a red "Make America Great Again" cap who is being restrained by another man in a black t-shirt.

The BBC's Washington news editor, Eleanor Montague, said Trump had whipped the crowd "into a frenzy against the media" prior to the attack.

She added: "To all those who asked after the cameraman - Ron is fine".

BBC's Ron Skeans was reportedly attacked and shoved to the ground by an unidentified supporter and Time photojournalist Chris Morris was grabbed by the neck and shoved to the ground by a Secret Service agent during a separate incident.

According to a BBC reporter covering the rally, the attack happened after President Trump had launched heavy criticism towards the news media.

'I have been spat at before, they hurl abuse at American colleagues in particular'. After the attack, a Trump campaign official suggested that the attacker had been drunk.

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.

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

The Sun later released a video of the dictaphone recording with Donald Trump.

Trump's 2020 election campaign will be as "hostile and ill-tempered and divisive as the one we saw last time", he added.

CNN Chief White House Correspondent Jim Acosta a year ago posted a video on Twitter that showed a hostile crowd at a Trump rally in Tampa, Florida.

He even railed at fact checkers yesterday in a rant on Twitter, accusing them of become "fake news".

Trump told the crowds inside El Paso County Coliseum that 69,000 people had signed up to attend.

Former congressman O'Rourke accused Trump of stoking "false fears" about his hometown El Paso. The public broadcaster said Trump could see the incident, and "checked with us that all was ok".

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