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BBC cameraman was ‘violently pushed and shoved’ by man in MAGA hat at Trump rally

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BBC cameraman was ‘violently pushed and shoved’ by man in MAGA hat at Trump rally

A man is restrained after he began shoving members of the media during a rally Monday for President Trump in El Paso. (Eric Gay/AP) By Lindsey Bever Lindsey Bever General assignment reporter covering national and breaking news Email Bio Follow February 12 at 10:32 AM A belligerent man at President Trump’s rally on the Texas border apparently attacked news crews , shoving and swearing at a photojournalist from the BBC, according to reports and a spokesman for the network.

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The BBC said cameraman Ron Skeans was “violently pushed and shoved by a member of the crowd” while covering the campaign rally Monday night in El Paso, about a mile from the U.S.-Mexico border. The BBC spokesman said in a statement Tuesday to The Post that, “The man was removed by security and Ron is fine. The President could see the incident and checked with us that all was ok.”

“It is clearly unacceptable for any of our staff to be attacked for doing their job,” he added.

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Officials with the Trump campaign did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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As The Washington Post’s Philip Rucker and others reported , Trump spoke for about 75-minutes Monday, attempting “to paint an image of crime and lawlessness on the border while claiming falsely that violent crime went down in El Paso after a wall was built.”

“We need the wall, and it has to be built, and we want to build it fast,” he said, as people chanted, “Build that wall!” “Now, you really mean finish the wall,” Trump responded.

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Skeans, the cameraman, told BBC News that he did not see the Trump supporter coming at him but felt a “very hard shove” that almost knocked him down.

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“I didn’t know what was going on,” he said

Video from Skeans’s camera showed it fall toward the ground. Seconds later, when the picture was restored, a man in a red “Make America Great Again” hat could be seen being restrained as he shouted, “f— the media!”

BBC Washington correspondent Gary O’Donoghue said on Twitter that a rally attendee had jumped onto the media platform, “tried to smash our camera” and shoved his colleague, Skeans

BBC Cameraaman shoved by member of the Trump crowd who some how got onto the media riser – shameof security – he is fortunately ok

— Gary O'Donoghue (@BBCBlindGazza) February 12, 2019 Security now removed Trump crowd member who pushed and shoved my cameraman – having jumped onto the Media platform here in El Paso – pretestor tried to smash our camera – follows multiple attacks on the media by the President and previous speakers – it's shameful

— Gary O'Donoghue (@BBCBlindGazza) February 12, 2019 Trump says “is there any place more fun to be than a Trump rally” – well I can say it's no fun for me and my team – Cameraman Ron Skeans and Producer Eleanor Montague facing a protestor shoving Ron and trying to smash his camera

— Gary O'Donoghue (@BBCBlindGazza) February 12, 2019 A photographer based in El Paso also tweeted a video from another angle, writing , “just had a man shove photogs and equipment over.”

A reporter for the Washington Examiner wrote on Twitter that leading up to the altercation, Trump had “railed against all the media.” But after the incident, Trump pointed toward the crowd and asked , “You alright? Everything okay?”

The president then flashed a thumbs up

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