Published: Tue, May 30, 2017
National | By Rosalie Gross

Trump Responds to Portland Stabbing Amid Outcry


Trump has condemned the stabbing, writing Monday on Twitter: "The violent attacks in Portland on Friday are unacceptable". The victims were standing up to hate and intolerance.

In the first of two tweets Trump said "Today we remember the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in serving".

Police identified the dead as 53-year-old Ricky John Best of Happy Valley, Oregon, and 23-year-old Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche of Portland.

Many are calling the attack, which occurred hours before the Muslim holy month of Ramadan began, an act of terrorism and a hate crime.

"Christian, who had previously expressed bigoted views about race and religion on social media, slashed at all three men's necks, killing both Best and Namkai-Meche".

Some had called for Trump to respond to the attack earlier, including former CBS broadcaster Dan Rather and U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer, a Democrat from Oregon.

The girl has a simple message for the two heroes - "thank you".

"I just want to forget about it and not even remember it happened, because it's just haunting me", Destinee said.

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Videos have surfaced showing Christian at various events shouting at people, at one point saying the N-word, as police officers separated him from others.

"He was complaining about the city, complaining about Muslims, Christians, and it just got very violent very quick", she said. They had come to the defense of two teenage girls, one of them a Muslim wearing a headscarf and the other an African-American.

"He told us to go back to Saudi Arabia and he told us we shouldn't be here, to get out of his country", she said.

"He was telling us that basically we weren't worth anything and we should just kill ourselves", she said in a video posted on CNN's website on Monday.

The 16-year-old said they were scared, and chose to move to the back of the train, all while a stranger jumped in to help.

"Me and my friend were going to get off the MAX and then we turned around while they were fighting and he just started stabbing people and it was just blood everywhere and we just started running for our lives", Mangum said. Michah Fletcher, a 21-year-old poet, survived although he sustained serious injuries. His girlfriend, Miranda Helm, told The Oregonian/OregonLive that he was recovering his strength in the hospital.

Messages left at the home of Christian's mother were not immediately returned. It was not clear if he had a lawyer yet.

Tomica Clark told The Oregonian/OregonLive that she has known Christian since elementary school. She said she was surprised to hear people call Christian a racist. "He's like, 'You want some of me, you're a snitch, come on after me, you want some of this?' and started chasing me", Hall said.

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