In Tweet, Trump Recognizes Portland Victims For ‘Standing Up To Hate And Intolerance’

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President Donald Trump tweeted Monday that the attack on a light-rail train in Portland, Oregon, on Friday that killed two men was “unacceptable.” Police say the victims were killed as they confronted a man who was shouting insults against Muslims. Trump recognized the victims for “standing up to hate and intolerance.”

The tweet came from the president’s official Twitter account, @POTUS, which is chiefly run by his staff, and not from his personal account, @realDonaldTrump, which he controls.

The two men killed in the attack were Ricky John Best, 53, and Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche, 23. A third victim, Micah David-Cole Fletcher, 21, is being treated for injuries that were not life-threatening.

Police arrested Jeremy Joseph Christian, 35, of north Portland. Local media reports described Christian as a “known white supremacist” in the area, and his Facebook page showed a long history of racist and extremist views.

(c) 2017, The Washington Post · Jenna Johnson



  1. When will we admit that free speech at all costs often leads to violence so that in such cases free speech should not be tolerated

    • So if the mob doesn’t like your speech enough to physically attack you, you should loose you right to free speech (and perhaps all other constitutional rights)? And if you dare to defend yourself from the above mob attack, you’ll be considered the aggressor and the mob heroes? Why have individual rights all together if it is the mob that determines what is acceptable?


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