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
Courtesy of the BBC:
A BBC cameraman was violently shoved and abused during a Donald Trump rally in El Paso, Texas, on Monday night, in an incident the corporation described as “unacceptable”.
The BBC’s Washington correspondent Gary O’Donoghue said his colleague Ron Skeans was “fine” despite the “incredibly violent attack”.
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. Skeans recovered to film a man in a red Make America Great Again cap being restrained and shouting: “Fuck the media.”
As he was led away some in the crowd at the rally could be heard chanting: “Let him go.”
According to Buzzfeed, this attack followed Trump condemning the media:
About halfway through his lengthy, campaign-style speech, Trump ridiculed the media for “refusing to acknowledge” his administration’s successes, invoking loud boos and jeers from the crowd.
“I guess 93% of the stories are negative. No matter what we do, they figure out a way to make it that,” the president said, rattling off topics, such as North Korea, the economy, and manufacturing, which he feels that the media has unfairly skewed.
As Trump went on touting his successes, a man in a red MAGA hat suddenly burst toward the group of reporters and photographers who were covering the speech, pushing them over, knocking their cameras and tripods, and repeatedly yelling, “fuck the media.”
I swear Trump is not going to be happy until he is responsible for the death of a journalist just like his friend Mohammed Bin Salman.
Trump did not contain his attacks to the media, he also attempted to ridicule potential 2020 Democratic candidate Beto O’Rourke.
Courtesy of Business Insider:
Trump took a shot at his potential 2020 opponent, and it echoed a familiar 2016 attack: mocking crowd size.
“He has 200 people, 300 people, not too good,” Trump claimed.
“A young man who’s got very little going for himself — except he’s got a great first name — he challenged us,” Trump continued. “That may be the end of his presidential bid.”
This number was off, according to the Associated Press, which didn’t have an exact number but put O’Rourke’s crowd in the thousands.
Bloomberg reporter Jennifer Epstein tweeted far larger numbers: “El Paso police estimate a crowd of 10,000 to 15,000 for the anti-Trump, anti-wall, pro-O’Rourke march and rally tonight.”
It’s always about size with tiny mushroom dick, isn’t it? I wonder why?
By the way, Trump also used this rally as a fundraiser, by getting supporters to cough up $15,000 for a picture with him.
Not on the president’s schedule but appears he is also doing some fundraising in Texas tonight. $15K for a photo, per invite. pic.twitter.com/bPzTO7WVXM
— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) February 11, 2019
The only way I would spend $15,000 for a picture with Trump is if it was one where I was personally placing handcuffs on him before the Feds hauled him away to prison.