Trump Supporter Attacks Journalist at El Paso Rally | NowThis

Media playback is unsupported on your device                  Media captionA Trump supporter shoves a BBC cameraman at the El Paso rally

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionA Trump supporter shoves a BBC cameraman at the El Paso rally

However, BBC Washington Editor Eleanor Montague, whom he was with, told BBC the protester had attacked other crews within the rally but Skean "got the brunt of it".

Mr Trump was in El Paso, speaking to a crowd of around 7,000, to make a case for building a wall along the border with Mexico.

A BBC cameraman was physically assaulted at a campaign rally President Donald Trump was holding at El Paso County Coliseum in Texas.

"The President could see the incident and checked with us that all was ok".

Footage from Skeans' camera, tweeted by O'Donoghue, suggested he and his equipment were knocked off balance for around 10 seconds, as he was filming Trump's speech.

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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. The alleged assailant is shown shouting: "F- the media".

He yells "fuck the media" twice before being led away.

"I didn't know what was going on", Skeans told the BBC, describing the push as a "very hard shove".

"This is a constant feature of these rallies - a goading of the crowds against the media", he said.

Swalwell first introduced the Journalist Protection Act in February 2018, which he said aims to protect "journalists in every corner of our country if they are attacked physically while doing their job".

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Danahar said he sent the security review request to White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders, though Monday night's rally was a campaign event, not an official White House event.

"The White House Correspondent's Association condemns the physical attack on our colleague at the president's rally in El Paso, Texas", reads a statement from WHCA President Olivier Knox.

Trump has frequently attacked the news media for what he views as unfair coverage, decrying some outlets as peddlers of "fake news" and "enemy of the people". According to the magazine, the El Paso police department is was "still gathering" information regarding the incident.

Video footage captured by Skeans shows the camera frame focus on Trump before suddenly pointing down toward a crowd.

Members of the media oftentimes are faced with harsh rhetoric at Trump rallies, but it's rare that things escalate this far.

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