Trump Had At Least 15 Chances To Address The Portland Attack On Twitter. He Didn’t.
President Donald Trump has been tweeting regularly throughout the weekend, but not once has he mentioned the fatal stabbing in Portland, Oregon that left two men dead after they confronted a man spewing hatred to two Muslim girls.
On Friday, Ricky John Best and Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche were stabbed to death while traveling on one of Portland?s MAX trains. They both stood up to confront a man verbally attacking two girls, one of whom was wearing a hijab.
Police say Jeremy Joseph Christian, 35, who has ties to white supremacist groups, targeted the girls for ?religiously and racially motivated reasons.? When confronted by Best and Namkai-Meche and a third man, 21-year-old Micah David-Cole Fletcher, Christian violently attacked them with a knife. Fletcher survived the stabbing but remains in the hospital with serious injuries.
Since the fatal attack made national news on Saturday, Trump has sent more than a dozen tweets. Not one of those tweets mention Portland, the two men being hailed as ?heroes,? or a condemnation of the attacker?s actions that are being investigated by police as a hate crime.
Instead, Trump has focused his public comments on deriding the news media, congratulating Republicans on a congressional win in Montana and his recent trip to the Middle East and Europe.
Trump?s most recent tweets appear to address the seemingly never-ending Russia scandal troubling his administration. Over the weekend, the Washington Post reported that Russia?s ambassador Sergey Kislyak told Moscow officials that Trump?s key advisor and son-in-law Jared Kushner discussed possibly setting up a secret communication channel between the then-incoming president?s transition team and the Kremlin.
Twitter users have noticed the omission of the tragedy in Portland from Trump?s tweets, most notably by former ?60 Minutes? host Dan Rather. The newsman wrote an impassioned letter pleading with the president to acknowledge the attack.
?Perhaps Portland, Oregon is off your radar. It is, after all, a rather liberal place. It?s even a ?sanctuary city,? Rather wrote. ?But it is still an American city. And you are its president.?
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