From Trump rhetoric to Portland train murders


This video from the USA says about itself:

Did Trump Campaign Rhetoric Empower the White Extremist Who Killed Two Bystanders on Portland Train?

30 May 2017

For the second time in a week, a military man was killed by a white extremist. On Friday, 53-year-old Ricky Best, a retired Army veteran, and 23-year-old Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche were fatally stabbed, with a third man critically injured, as they tried to defend two teenage girls against an attack by a man going on an anti-Muslim rant. The two young women, one of whom wore a Muslim hijab, were riding a commuter train when, according to witnesses, Jeremy Joseph Christian started shouting ethnic and religious slurs.

Police arrested Christian, a convicted felon, soon after the attack. “In many ways, I think his rhetoric has more to do with the campaign and the ideas unleashed in the campaign over the last 16, 18 months by the Trump folks than it does with hardcore neo-Nazism. Or at least it’s a mix of the two sets of ideas,” says our guest Heidi Beirich, Intelligence Project director of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

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12 thoughts on “From Trump rhetoric to Portland train murders

  1. Those men who died were brave and true Americans. We are a strong country because of our diversity. Because we stand together. White terrorism needs to be addressed and denounced not brushed off as unimportant or rare. We can’t have people killing other people because of their skin color, religion or clothing choices. We can’t have politicians denying it’s happening. What is said about events like this matter.

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