Well it took a little while, but President Donald Trump finally did manage to Tweet out a condemnation of the recent white supremacist violence in Portland, Oregon.
In a Tweet from his official @POTUS presidential account, Trump praised the victims for “standing up to hate.”
The violent attacks in Portland on Friday are unacceptable. The victims were standing up to hate and intolerance. Our prayers are w/ them.
— President Trump (@POTUS) May 29, 2017
Memorial day weekend began on a tragic note Friday, when news emerged that two people had been killed on a Portland Metropolitan Area Express train by white supremacist, Jeremy Christian. The victims apparently tried to intervene while Christian had been shouting anti-Muslim obscenities to another group of train passengers. Christian stabbed the good samaritans before fleeing the train. A third man also suffered minor injuries.
According to local media, Christian has a long history of violence and radical politics.
Per the Portland Mercury:
Christian is a known right wing extremist and white supremacist. On April 29, Christian showed up to the right-wing “March for Free Speech” on 82nd Avenue in Montavilla with a baseball bat in an attempt to assault left-wing protesters. The bat was quickly confiscated by Portland police officers. He ranted how he was a nihilist. He’d soon yelled racial slurs (“fuck all you n*****s”) and gave the Nazi salute throughout the day. He yelled “Hail Vinland” throughout the day.
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