Trump Supporter Attacks BBC Cameraman at Texas Rally

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The BBC has asked the White House to review the security in place for media attending presidential rallies after a supporter of President Donald Trump attacked a cameraman Monday during an event in El Paso, Texas.

Sherrod Brown of OH, a possible presidential contender in 2020, on Tuesday urged President Trump to rein in his supporters' attacks on the media after a man shoved a TV cameraman at a campaign rally in El Paso, Texas.

Skeans was unhurt and the man, who was wearing a "Make America Great Again" hat, was restrained by a blogger for the pro-Trump outlet Frontline America and removed from the media riser.

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

"Fortunately our cameraman is fine, he is made of stern stuff", O'Donoghue told the "Today" program on BBC Radio 4. Video of the attack shows the man saying, "CNN sucks" and "F*** You!" as he his dragged away. Late Monday, however, lawmakers said they reached a bipartisan agreement though it's yet to be seen if Congress will approve it and if the president will sign the deal. In the moments leading up to the attack, Mr. Trump was talking about jobs and how the media was misrepresenting him. The BBC team was later told by a campaign official that the "attacker was drunk".

The El Paso District Attorney's office said they would not be pressing charges against the Trump supporter for assaulting the cameraman.

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Gary O'Donoghue of BBC's Washington correspondent posted the video recorded by Skeans to Twitter (seen below).

"I'm very anxious that the hostility whipped up by Trump and some in conservative media will result in somebody getting hurt", tweeted Jim Acosta in response to the Florida incident.

"I didn't know what was going on", he added.

Eleanor Montague, the BBC's Washington News Editor, said in a tweet that the El Paso crowd had been "whipped up into a frenzy against the media by Trump and other speakers all night".

The White House Correspondent's Association also issued a statement condemning the apparent attack.

He has continuously encouraged his supporters at rallies, though the mid-term elections, to shout down the media, which he routinely refers to as the "enemy" and 'fake news'.