“The crowd had been whipped up into a frenzy against the media by Trump and other speakers all night,” BBC Washington producer Eleanor Montague said on Twitter.
In a statement a BBC spokesperson sent to NPR, the news outlet says Skeans was “violently pushed and shoved” before being removed.
“Ron is fine,” the BBC says. It also notes, “The president could see the incident and checked with us that all was OK.”
Trump has repeatedly called the news media “the enemy of the people” and accused journalists of creating fake news in an effort to make him look bad.
The incident at the El Paso coliseum comes nearly two years after the president used the term in a controversial tweet to describe ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC and The New York Times.
After Trump steadily used the “enemy of the people” phrase to describe the media last summer, he met with New York Times publisher A.G. Sulzberger to discuss the invective.
But days after that meeting, CNN’s Jim Acosta posted a video from a camera position at a Trump event in Tampa, Fla., showed dozens of the president’s supporters shouting insults and making hostile gestures at the news outlet’s staff.
Trump’s rallies have triggered altercations before, and he has discussed the idea of whether protesters who come to the rallies should be “roughed up” or punched in the face.
“When the people of truth remain quiet against falsehood, the people of falsehood start believing it is the truth.”
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