UPDATE 4:26pm EST: White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders responded to the incident Tuesday.
“President Trump condemns all acts of violence against any individual or group of people – including members of the press,” Sanders said in a statement. “We ask that anyone attending an event do so in a peaceful and respectful manner. For questions around security at Trump campaign events please contact the campaign directly.”
WASHINGTON — The White House Correspondents Association is calling on President Donald Trump to “make absolutely clear” to his supporters that violence against the press is unacceptable — a request that comes the day after a man attacked a BBC cameraman at a Trump rally in Texas.
“The White House Correspondents’ Association condemns the physical attack on our colleague at the president’s rally in El Paso, Texas,” WHCA President Olivier Knox said in a statement. “We are relieved that, this time, no one was seriously hurt. The president of the United States should make absolutely clear to his supporters that violence against reporters is unacceptable.”
A portion of the altercation immediately went viral.
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
According to the BBC, the cameraman, Ron Skeans, said the man in the Make America Great Again hat shoved him and nearly knocked over both him and his camera at Monday night’s rally. Skeans was not injured.
During the incident, Trump appeared largely unfazed.
“You all right? Everything okay? Please, okay, thank you, thank you,” Trump said before giving a thumbs-up.
The British network has asked White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders to address reporters’ safety at future rallies.
Trump is well known for verbally attacking the media, calling them “fake news” or “enemies of the people,” both during rallies and on Twitter.
Following a shooting at an Annapolis, Md. newspaper last year, the White House has publicly stated that they do not advocate any violence against the press.