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Protect the press
February 12, 2019

After a violent outburst against a member of the press during President Trump's El Paso rally on Monday night, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) denounced the violence and urged the president to do the same, reports The Hill.

At the rally, a Trump supporter shoved BBC cameraman Ron Skeans (Skeans' camera captured the footage). Skeans' colleague and BBC's Washington correspondent, Gary O'Donoghue, described the shove as an "incredibly violent attack."

The incident led to a response on Tuesday morning from Brown, who is considering launching a bid for the White House, but has yet to formally announce. "[Trump] should call off his supporters who are doing those kind of things," said Brown of the attacks on the press, per The Hill. "Call them out and ask them to stop. We all are concerned there will be something worse happening at some time in the future." He called on Trump to publicly say that journalists "are not enemies of the people."

The senator also touted his own support for the press, referring to several campaign rallies in Ohio when he praised journalists, including one specific moment where a crowd stood up, "turned around and gave a standing ovation" to the journalists present after comments he made about the importance of the Fourth Estate. Brown is married to journalist Connie Schultz, a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Tim O'Donnell

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