Trump tweets hate attack in Portland 'unacceptable'

Olive Rios
May 29, 2017

On Sunday, retired news anchor Dan Rather pleaded with Donald Trump to publicly acknowledge the courageous bystanders who were murdered for defending two Muslim women on a train in Portland, Oregon.

Many note that Trump has a long record of calling attacks outside the nation terrorism well before local officials or others have sufficient evidence to be able to do so, yet here at home often ignores attacks when they are perpetrated by white Christian extremists.

While the men weren't attacked by a "radical Islamic terrorist", they were killed by a man who was allegedly spewing hate speech at two young girls, one of which was wearing a hijab herself.

Trump had not previously commented on the matter.

The tweet at 7 a.m. Monday was sent on his presidential account @potus. Micah David-Cole Fletcher, 21, also stabbed, is expected to survive.

On Monday he tweeted a tribute to members of the armed forces who had been killed on active service for US Memorial Day. As for Christian, the suspect has been charged with three felonies (two counts of aggravated murder, one count of attempted murder). Mr Trump responded within hours to an April shoot out in Paris that killed two. "The other was an army veteran and father of four", Rather wrote.

"I wish we would hear you say those names, or even just tweet them. Nor do I think other people should", said Rather.

She has since asked for privacy to give her "time to heal".

Reports have since identified the two men who died as Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche, 23, and Ricky John Best, 53.

Mr Fletcher is recovering after sustaining a knife wound to his neck that his mother said was "a millimetre" from his jugular vein.

A separate fundraising page for the two teenage girls has also raised almost $15,000.

The FBI said it was still unsure if he will face charges for hate crime.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

Discuss This Article

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER