A video has revealed the shocking moment a BBC cameraman, Ron Skeans, was attacked at a Donald Trump rally in Texas. The BBC’s Washington Correspondent, Gary O’Donoghue, tweeted the shocking video on Twitter. Alongside the video, he said: “This is the shameful moment when my cameraman Ron Skeans was attacked by Donald Trump supporter in El Paso – after the President repeatedly goaded the crowd over supposed media bias.
“Happily Ron is fine #TrumpElPaso”
Speaking on BBC’s Today programme, Mr O’Donoghue claimed the incident was an “incredibly violent attack”.
Mr O’Donoghue, who is blind, said his colleague Ron Skeans had been filming a rally in El Paso, Texas when the incident happened.
He said: “It was an incredibly violent attack.
“Fortunately our cameraman is fine, he is made of stern stuff.”
Mr O’Donoghue claimed a supporter of Mr Trump got on to the reporters’ platform, and pushed the camera into his colleague, before continuing to push Mr Skeans.
Footage captured from Mr Skeans’ camera was posted online and revealed the moment of the attack.
In the footage, the camera which is focused on Mr Trump is jolted away.
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.
The man is heard shouting “f*** the media” before he is escorted away by the man in a black t-shirt.
The BBC reported that President Trump checked the cameraman and media were well with a thumbs up, and continued his speech after Mr Skeans returned the gesture.
Mr O’Donoghue said: “This is a constant feature of these rallies – a goading of the crowds against the media
“I have been spat at before, they hurl abuse at American colleagues in particular.”
Mr O’Donoghue said Mr Trump’s 2020 election campaign will be as “hostile and ill-tempered and divisive as the one we saw last time”.