Trump Supporter Goes Berserk and Attacks Journalist at El Paso Rally

The United Kingdom's Foreign Secretary condemned a supporter of Donald Trump who lashed out and attacked a cameraman for the BBC during the president's Monday evening rally in El Paso, Texas.

According to BBC journalists, the man climbed onto the reporters' platform at the event in El Paso, Texas, and assaulted cameraman Ron Skeans with a hard shove.

Mr Skeans said the man nearly knocked him and his camera over twice before he was wrestled away by a blogger.

Other angles from another reporter, Anna Giratelli, showed the aftermath of the attack, she said the man also knocked over several cameras.

After the attacker was restrained, Mr Trump asked if everything was OK and continued with his "Finish The Wall" rally.

Gary O'Donoghue, the BBC's Washington correspondent, told the Today programme that the man pushed the camera into another one of his colleagues before continuing to push Skeans. After the attack, a Trump campaign official suggested that the attacker had been drunk.

Mr. Trump told his audience that the media wouldn't accurately report the difference in crowd sizes between his rally and a rival event being held the same night in El Paso by former Democratic Rep. Beto O'Rourke, a possible 2020 presidential candidate.

He has also threatened to revoke NBC's broadcast license amid attacks on fake news - a decision that his FCC chairman rejected.

Mitt Romney, a senator from Utah and former Republican presidential nominee, argued a year ago that Trump's tactics are detrimental to democracy.

"Furthermore, given that the president's rhetoric about journalists is too often false and derogatory, we ask that he refrain from unnecessarily targeting journalists with his speech since such rhetoric may be inciting violent acts such as this one", the group said in a statement.

Video that appeared to be from Skeans' camera showed it falling toward the ground. "It is clearly unacceptable for any of our staff to be attacked for doing their job", the BBC said in a statement.

BBC stated in their article that President Trump has a bad relationship with the press, then proceeded to reference another video taken by Jim Acosta from CNN on Twitter showing people at another Trump rally spewing slander at him. "I have been spat at before, they hurl abuse at American colleagues in particular", he added.

The man was removed by security, and Trump reportedly "checked" with the crew to make sure everything was okay.

The crowd chanted "Trump!"

Vanessa Coleman

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