A supporter of U.S. President Donald Trump attacked members of the news media late Monday during a "Make America Great Again" campaign rally with Trump at El Paso, Texas, the BBC and others have reported.
The BBC said the Trump supporter, who was wearing a red "MAGA" cap, attacked its camera person, Ron Skeans, while Trump was speaking on stage and lashed out at other news crews in the immediate vicinity before security personnel forcibly escorted the man away.
The BBC quoted Skeans as saying it was a "very hard shove" and that he "didn't know what was going on" when the assault occurred.
BBC's Washington correspondent Gary O'Donoghue told BBC Radio 4's "Today" that it was "an incredibly violent attack."
Trump paused his speech momentarily during the incident, pointing to the area in the audience and asking "You all right, everything OK?"
About 30 minutes later, he criticized the media, calling them, as he has often done, "dishonest".
"We have suffered a totally dishonest media and we've won and it's driving them crazy," he told the cheering crowd.
Trump has frequently called reporters "the enemy of the people" and has treated the media at times like an opposition party, responded to unflattering reports as "fake news."
Last summer, the U.S. Senate unanimously adopted a non-binding resolution affirming support for a free press and declaring that "the press is not the enemy of the people."
The vote came after more than 300 hundred U.S. newspapers launched a coordinated defense of press freedom and a rebuke of Trump for denouncing some media organizations as enemies of the American people.
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