Saturday, 16 February, 2019

Trump supporter attacks cameraman at rally

The Donald Trump supporter could be seen being restrained after the incident The Donald Trump supporter could be seen being restrained after the incident
Kenny Thornton | 12 February, 2019, 16:56

Footage captured at President Donald Trump's rally in El Paso on Monday shows the moment the camera operator was attacked by an angry supporter.

The BBC's Washington correspondent Gary O'Donoghue, who is blind, said his colleague Ron Skeans had been filming a rally in El Paso, Texas, when the incident took place.

However, BBC Washington Editor Eleanor Montague, whom he was with, told BBC the protester had attacked other crews within the rally but Skean "got the brunt of it".

He shared footage of the incident on Twitter.

Describing what unfolded, he said a Trump supporter got on to the reporters' platform, and pushed the camera into his colleague, before continuing to push Skeans.

The video shows the attacker being restrained and subsequently removed from the media section.

Israel warns Iran this could be last anniversary
The regime also declared a mass amnesty , with a fifth of prisoners set to leave the country's overcrowded prison system. Many people carried pictures of Khomeini, who died in 1989, and Iran's current Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

As President Trump talked about the current unemployment rate among minority groups in America, a man wearing a MAGA hat allegedly shoved a BBC cameraman, knocking both him and his camera over.

O'Donoghue said Trump's 2020 election campaign, which he thinks has begun, will be as "hostile and ill-tempered and divisive as the one we saw last time".

As Skeans told the BBC (via The Daily Beast) a "very hard shove" came from his blindside and he "didn't know what was going on". "It is clearly unacceptable for any of our staff to be attacked for doing their job".

Trump's rallies have for a long time featured the president turning his supporters against the media, whom he accuses of being "fake news".

Trump told the crowds inside El Paso County Coliseum that 69,000 people had signed up to attend. 'It's a moral thing, to put it in the opposite terms.

Standing in a packed stadium under a giant American flag and banners saying "FINISH THE WALL", Mr Trump insisted that large portions of the project are already under construction and vowed to fulfill his 2016 campaign promise regardless of what happens in Congress. He added he had previously been "spat at" during a Trump rally.

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