Video: Cameraman Attacked by Angry Donald Trump Supporter at El Paso Rally—'F*** the Media'

Footage captured at President Donald Trump's rally in El Paso, Texas, on Monday shows the moment an angry Trump supporter attacked a camera operator.

The video, recorded by a BBC cameraman, captured the frenetic rally and the attack, which targeted a number of news crews at the Trump rally and appeared to leave the British cameraman, Ron Skeans, taking the brunt of the violence.

"F*** the media, f*** the media," the brawler, wearing a red "Make America Great Again" hat, shouted as he was dragged away, reportedly by a blogger in the media area. A campaign official said later that the attacker had been drunk.

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

— Gary O'Donoghue (@BBCBlindGazza) February 12, 2019

The sound of booing resounded throughout the El Paso County Coliseum as the attacker was pulled away. Chants of "let him go" could also be heard ringing out from a small section of the rally, where earlier the president had repeatedly cast aspersions on the media.

The BBC reported that Skeans said he had felt a "very hard shove" from his blindside. The cameraman said he "didn't know what was going on." The man almost knocked over the journalist and his equipment twice before he was pulled away.

The president, who was speaking about Hispanic and Asian Americans when the violence broke out, reportedly noticed the disruption. He paused and waited for Skeans to give a thumbs up sign before he continued.

Before the attack in El Paso, where Trump had gone to rally support for his contentious border wall, the president had regularly referred to the media as "fake news." The BBC crew at the rally said Trump's rhetorical attacks on the media had whipped the crowd into a frenzy. "This is a constant feature of these rallies—a goading of the crowds against the media," Washington correspondent Gary O'Donoghue said.

The president has regularly launched attacks on reporters both on the campaign trail and in office. His relationship with the media reached a nadir in October 2018 when he called it "the true enemy of the people." Days earlier a mail bomb plot had targeted CNN as well as prominent Democrats.

In August, the United Nations warned Trump's "strategic" attacks on the media increased the risk of journalists being targeted with violence.