BBC cameraman Ron Skeans was violently pushed and shoved by a member of the crowd,” the broadcaster said in a statement. “The man was removed by security and Ron is fine.”
BBC ReleasedRon Skeans Video
Video released by the BBC appears to show a man wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat coming into contact with a cameraman and swearing before being led away.
“I didn’t know what was going on,” Skeans told the BBC. He described the contact as a “very hard shove.”
BBC Statement about Attacked onRon Skeans
The BBC said in its statement that it “is clearly unacceptable for any of our staff to be attacked for doing their job.” The public broadcaster also said that Trump “checked with us that all was ok.”
“You all right? Everything okay?” Trump said during the incident, gesturing toward the press pen.
Trump media policy
Trump has made hostility toward the media a feature of many of his rallies, where a metal barricade often separates his supporters from reporters. Some journalists have raised concerns over their safety.
The BBC’s Washington correspondent Gary O’Donoghue described Monday’s incident as “an incredibly violent attack” in an interview with his employer.
“This is a constant feature of these rallies — a goading of the crowds against the media,” O’Donoghue told the BBC. He added he had previously been “spat at” during a Trump rally.
Other Reporters Views
Other journalists also reported being pushed around by the man at Monday’s rally.
“Here’s the moment a guy wearing a red MAGA hat jumped into the media pen and shoved several cameras, including ours,” Jacob Rascon, a reporter for KPRC in Houston, said on Twitter.
CNN Chief White House Correspondent Jim Acosta last year posted a video on Twitter that showed a hostile crowd at a Trump rally in Tampa, Florida.
“I’m very worried that the hostility whipped up by Trump and some in conservative media will result in somebody getting hurt,” Acosta wrote on Twitter.
Some Republicans have called on Trump to stop his attacks on the media.
Just a sample of the sad scene we faced at the Trump rally in Tampa. I’m very worried that the hostility whipped up by Trump and some in conservative media will result in somebody getting hurt. We should not treat our fellow Americans this way. The press is not the enemy. pic.twitter.com/IhSRw5Ui3R