Donald Trump supporter attacks BBC camera operator during border wall rally – Donald Trump’s America
The BBC says it has written to White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders “asking for a full review of security arrangements for the media” after a BBC cameraman was shoved at a Trump rally.
- BBC footage shows the moment where a man launches at their camera operator
- He was quickly restrained and is heard saying “f*** the media”
- The rally comes amid a Congress compromise on border security
The BBC’s Washington news editor, Eleanor Montague, posted a video of the incident at the rally in El Paso, Texas.
She said colleague Rob Skeans was pushed after “the crowd had been whipped up into a frenzy against the media by Trump and other speakers all night”.
This video shows the aftermath of the incident. The crowd can be heard chanting “Trump, Trump, Trump”.
Footage shows the attacker shouting “f*** the media” after the incident.
The BBC’s Washington correspondent, Gary O’Donoghue, tweeted that before the incident, Mr Trump denounced “supposed media bias” from the podium.
After the attacker was restrained, Mr Trump asked if everything was OK and continued with his “Finish The Wall” rally.
The President has repeatedly attacked mainstream American press outlets, labelling work from organisations such as NBC, The Washington Post, the New York Times, and others as “fake news”.
The phrase has become a rallying cry for the President, who, some claim, has fostered a dangerous working climate for journalists after calling the press “enemies of the people” and the “opposition party”.
After the 2018 midterm elections Mr Trump had a high-profile clash with reporter Jim Acosta, which led to the CNN journalist having his press credentials temporarily revoked.
A US judge later restored Acosta’s access.