A BBC cameraman was attacked during President Trump’s rally in El Paso, Texas, Monday night, the network’s Washington correspondent Gary O’Donoghue said on Twitter.
“This is the shameful moment when my cameraman Ron Skeans was attacked by @realdDonaldTrump supporter in El Paso – after the President repeatedly goaded the crowd over supposed media bias,” O’Donoghue said as he posted video of the incident. “Happily Ron is fine #TrumpElPaso.”
A second BBC employee, news editor Eleanor Montague, also captured the scene on video, generating thousands of retweets.
“Just attended my first @realDonaldTrump rally where my colleague BBC cameraman Rob Skeans was attacked by a Trump supporter,” she said. “The crowd had been whipped up into a frenzy against the media by Trump and other speakers all night #TrumpElPaso.”
A rep for BBC confirmed the incident in a statement.
“BBC cameraman Ron Skeans was violently pushed and shoved by a member of the crowd while covering a President Trump rally in Texas last night,” the broadcaster told TheWrap. “The man was removed by security and Ron is fine. The President could see the incident and checked with us that all was OK.”
President Trump’s rally in El Paso was a callback to his campaign days and something he has continued staging infrequently even after becoming president.
In Texas, Trump again pressed his desire to see a wall built along the Mexican border. The billionaire launched the longest government shutdown in history over the issue, and the government will shut down again on Friday if negotiators for both parties fail to reach a longterm funding deal.
Democrats in the House have said wall funding is a nonstarter, with leader Nancy Pelosi calling the proposed barrier an “immorality.”
On Monday evening, Republican Sen. Richard Shelby told the press that a tentative deal had been reached, though success is far from assured. That same evening, Fox News’ Sean Hannity warned that details of the plan he had seen were “garbage” and warned Republican lawmakers would have to “explain” their vote if they supported it.