by Axios | Updated on 2.12.19
Ron Skeans, a BBC cameraman, was shoved on the media platform by a Trump supporter who then hurled explicit insults at the press at President Trump's rally in El Paso, Texas on Monday, the BBC reports.
Driving the news: Per Bloomberg, BBC Washington correspondent Gary O'Donoghue told BBC Radio 4's "Today" that it was "an incredibly violent attack," adding that Trump's anti-media rhetoric is "a constant feature of these rallies." In a statement, the BBC said that Trump "could see the incident and checked with us that all was okay. It is clearly unacceptable for any of our staff to be attacked for doing their job."
Watch video of the incident, posted on Twitter by O'Donoghue:
This is the shameful moment when my cameraman Ron Skeans was attacked at an @realDonaldTrump rally in El Paso last night - warning this video contains strong language. Happily Ron is fine. #TrumpElPaso pic.twitter.com/Ay5DYT6gjP— Gary O'Donoghue (@BBCBlindGazza) February 12, 2019
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#45 picks and chooses which laws of our Constitution he wishes to follow. Freedom of Press is the very foundation of our Constitution. #45 has issued an edict to his base that all news that doesn’t fawn all over him, is “Fake News”. There are fanatical members of #45’s base that will do anything they feel will meet with #45’s approval. This includes attacking journalists, harassing and/or physically assaulting anyone who isn’t white or who speak English with an accent. #45 has swept the brutal death of Washington Post journalist, Kashoogi, aside. Although it has been proven by U.S. intelligence, #45 continues to minimize Saudi Arabian Prince Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud’s involvement in the death of Kashoogi. #45 has made it known that his priority is money; not protecting our Constitution.
Countable you are so fake. You post NOTHING about the Trump speech. You didn’t post about how Trump showed crime fell in El Paso after the Wall. You didn’t post his bipartisan message. Out of everything that happened last night, you looked for something to attack Trump supporters with. You are fake news.
Who gives a shit they are always in the face of everyone I have seen them in action put on your big boy pants and move on.
Why is there violence in the first place? When I think of Americans turning on each other, I think of race. Civil War and police aggression are the first things that come to mind. Why can’t Trump be like FDR? No one knew FDR was immobilized because ALL of the media were friends with FDR.
I am SERIOUSLY concerned. These people are the seekers of something the orange pig deeply hates - truth. We need to put a gag order on the pig for his demeaning comments to anyone but especially the press. He is responsible for this. He needs to stop it. If impeaching him is the only way to stop it, then do it. We cannot allow a man who has lied to us OVER 8000 TIMES, in the last 2 years alone, to be our President! He is an embarrassment to our country, to put it lightly! We need to shut down, or immensely fine and imprison, those who tell lies, starting with the pig and Fox News. They First Amendment does not condone lying. Anyone who interferes with the free press should be criminalized for assault and penalized even more than normal citizens. If he cannot control the audience at his campaign stops, or any place they come to report on him, he should not be allowed to campaign or speak to us. I do NOT want America to be a dictatorship. Please stop this invasion from the enemy within - DJT! Make it a HUGE crime to interfere with the Free Press! Without the reporters, we are no longer a free and informed country. We become the dictatorship the pig wants. Open your eyes, you ignorants, before it’s too late!
I'm more concerned about violence against our police officers.
When it’s real and not bullshit.
Fish rots from the head.
The level of rhetoric by Trump is worthy of admonishment if not punishable by law. He has advocated violence against his critics to suppress reporters and limit free speech. He must be brought to justice for his malfeasance while in office.
Donald Trump and some of his supporters are trying to block the media that does not support him. They are trying to infringe on our right of free speech and freedom of the press.
Ron Skeans, a BBC cameraman, was shoved on the media platform by a Trump supporter who then hurled explicit insults at the press at President Trump's rally in El Pas! What do you expect Trump and his supporters, like Nixon and his supporters, blames the news media for the corruption the news media Exposed? There will all ways believe Trump supporters, just like Hitler supporters, he can walks on water. To argue with stupid, you will always loose, it requires people to listen to each other.
This is one of the results of fear mongering. But please remember the insanity starts at the top.
trumps words have already caused violence towards journalists here and abroad. He gives hate a footing and then keeps poking it until something like this happens. He gives white supremacists a nod every chance he gets and called them very fine people after they ran an innocent person down in the street. He feeds off of fear and hate as every dictator does and his base, right along with republicans seem to give it to him. He is stirring the pot and when he gets charged with something and it’s coming. He will have a base that’s willing to act on his words. I fear for the media and much more.
I want to know why the American people are paying for tRump’s presidential campaign??? Free logistics, news coverage, travel. Stirring up trouble is what he lives for and these “rallies for racism” is all he seems to do, that is, when he’s not on his executive time getting prepped by Fox News. Come on, enough is enough! It’s time to put our own Rasputin in jail!
Call on Trump to stop the hate. Ask him to resign.
This is a prime example of countable’s bias. Out of a full to capacity stadium and many more people outside, you focus on one person that shove’s a camera man. It wasn’t a lynching it was a shove done by a man that is as tired of the one sided media as most of us are. Was that guy wrong? Yes. Should charges be brought, yes. Is it Trumps fault? Absolutley not
We have an igniter in chief who has repeatedly shown success in angering his base toward the media. He praises those that use physical violence to show their support for his rhetoric. Trump is getting his motivation right out of the dictators handbook. THIS IS NOT OK.
It’s all trumps fault, he insights violence against the media and uses it like the Nazis used to to whip up his under educated and easily duped supporters.
This is unacceptable behavior, and I hope the BBC sues whoever assaulted this cameraman. Trump may not care about the consequences of his words, but if America is ever going to be great we have to show kindness and compassion for each other. The media is doing its job to report on rallies like this (which are barely news, to be honest...Trump does these on a regular basis) and media representatives should be allowed to do their jobs, which are sacred in our Constitution, without fear of violence. Does this person want people to come to his workplace and attack him for doing his job? We all need to be better.
The left wing media is stoking the fire of hate and division. They shouldn’t be surprised when it bites them in the ass.
I’m sure he didn’t do anything to deserve it. 🤥 The media has extreme bias and hatred toward the president and conservatives in general. So it will be interesting to see what all happened when if the truth comes out. Who knows it could be a liberal pretending to be a conservative to try and stir up trouble. President Trump cannot control everyone else. If this truly was a Trump supporter and he actually did any physical harm I’m sure he will be prosecuted. There are already laws against physical assault.
I am very concerned about the current administration’s rhetoric about the press. Since a free press is essential to keeping politician in check I see Trump’s repeated attracts on the press as borderline treason. It’s so obvious that he only attacks the ones that expose his exaggerations and mistruths. This is dangerous for our nation. He’s a grown man and should be able to take negative press just like the previous Presidents before him.
Thugs gonna thug. But now they do it with President Trump’s blessing. It’s only a matter of time before one of his disciples murders a reporter.