BBC cameraman attacked at Trump rally

BBC cameraman attacked at Trump rally

Gary O'Donoghue, BBC's Washington correspondent, who also was there, said that the man had jumped onto the media platform and tried to smash the BBC camera.

President Trump checked that the British journalists were okay with a thumbs up, and continued his speech after Mr Skeans returned the gesture.

The BBC reports the unidentified Trump supporter twice nearly knocked Skeans and his camera over as he "shoved and swore" at other members of the press and yelled "f**k the media" before security escorted him away.

Donald Trump was speaking at a rally in El Paso, Texas.

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.

"BBC cameraman Ron Skeans was violently pushed and shoved by a member of the crowd", the broadcaster said in a statement.

A campaign official for Mr Trump later suggested the attacker was drunk, according to BBC News. Fortunately our cameraman is fine, he is made of stern stuff, ' O'Donoghue told the Today programme.

'This is a constant feature of these rallies - a goading of the crowds against the media, ' O'Donoghue added. Last year CNN filmed protestors yelling abuse and swearing at reporters covering a rally in Florida.

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

He had a field day ripping into Beto O'Rourke - the former south Texas Democrat - who was holding a counter demonstration nearby.

"With the eyes of the country upon us, all of us together are going to make our stand here in one of the safest cities in America", Mr O'Rourke said. We don't even say build the wall anymore.

"I'm very anxious that the hostility whipped up by Trump and some in conservative media will result in somebody getting hurt", Acosta wrote on Twitter.

"That may be the end of his presidential bid", Mr Trump quipped, adding: "You're supposed to win in order to run".