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Trump Supporter Attacks Photographer at El Paso Trump Rally

12 February 2019

President Trump often complains about what he sees as unfair media coverage, and at Monday's rally directed attention to the press covering the event that led to the predictable boos and chants of "CNN sucks!"

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.

After 10 seconds of bouncing around, the camera then focuses on a man in a red cap, who is being restrained by another man in a black top.

Mr Trump saw the attack and confirmed Mr Skeans was well with a thumbs up after it happened.

O'Donoghue told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "It was an incredibly violent attack".

Washington correspondent Gary O'Donoghue, who is blind, said his cameraman Ron Skeans was filming the rally in El Paso.

Washington editor Eleanor Montague revealed in a tweet that her cameraman Rob Skeins was attacked as the crowd was "whipped up into a frenzy".

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

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

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

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 USA history.

There were no reports of injuries following the attack and the BBC reporter tweeted that her cameraman was fine.

CNN's Jim Acosta has been heckled several times at Trump rallies with supporters of the United States president shouting "fake news" and "go home" behind him.

It is unusual for the violence to turn physical at these rallies, though the president has previously condoned an assault on a journalist-last year Trump referred to the 2017 incident in which soon-to-be-congressman Greg Gianforte body-slammed the Guardian's Ben Jacobs, saying Gianforte is "my guy" and "a great guy and a tough cookie".

Trump Supporter Attacks Photographer at El Paso Trump Rally