Organizer of Portland pro-Trump rally reacts to deadly rampage
01:42, Jun 2, 2017
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The mayor of Portland, Oregon, is asking the federal government to cancel the permit for an "alt right" rally scheduled for Sunday, saying it could make a hard situation worse, after two men were stabbed to death as they tried to intervene when a pair of women were targeted by a man yellow what authorities have described as hate speech.
"(Wheeler) went up on TV and he literally connected us to Jeremy Christian, which is extremely irresponsible", Gibson said. Namkai-Meche either said something to get Christian's attention, or Christian simply turned his attention to him because he was nearby, and surveillance video shows Namkai-Meche stand up as Christian began shouting at him. Using a recent, racist attack on a train as his excuse, PortlandMayor Ted Wheeleris calling for the permit to be revoked and the rally to be cancelled because... Your words and actions are meaningful, here in America and throughout the world.
Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche, 23, and Ricky John Best, 53, were killed as they tried to stop the harassment.
Mayor Ted Wheeler said Monday the events should be canceled out of respect for the victims of the Friday stabbing. But rather than suppress speech, the mayor-and any WEEKLY STANDARD readers-could channel their impulses in more productive directions, by, for example, donating to the GoFundMe page of the man who was attacked on the train and survived.
"We'll be down there regardless", Gibson toldThe Oregonian/OregonLive Wednesday.
Joey Gibson, the organizer of the Trump Free Speech Rally, has blatantly refused to cancel his event or to be silenced by Mayor Wheeler's request to honor the mourning of the citizens of Portland.
The AP reached out to a professor of urban studies at Portland State University, Karen Gibson, who gave the quote, "The idea that Portland is so liberal supersedes this dark, hidden secret about racism", and talked about how the predominantly white population in the region still bears connections to the southern whites who migrated there over a century ago. I can die in prison a happy man. A stranger intervened, telling Christian he couldn't disrespect the girls in such a way, she said.
"It was the right thing to do", Fletcher, 21, told CNN affiliate KPTV on Tuesday.
A week before US President Donald Trump was elected in November 2016, Christian posted a freaky and hateful tirade on Facebook, saying, "If Donald Trump is the Next Hitler then I am joining his SS to put an end to Monotheist Question".
"The Muslim community, especially in Portland, needs to understand that there are a lot of us that are not going to stand by and let anybody - whether they are from here or not - scare you into thinking you can't be a part of this town, this city, this community, or this country", he told ABC. People lost their lives or were injured because they stood up to hate. "And I thought it was centimeters - but apparently it was millimeters - away from my carotid artery", he said.
Presler said her son is getting "lots of death threats on Twitter".
"It looks like we have a Christian or Muslim (expletive) bus driver". Christian allegedly attacked and stabbed them all. He was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on multiple charges including aggravated murder.
The tweets from the ACLU of OR have been met with plenty of criticism from residents of Portland who disagree with the organization's stance, but the ACLU has stood firm.
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