Trump condemns killing of pair who tried to stop racist rant


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.

"I hope we rise to the memory of these two gentlemen who lost their lives", Wheeler said.

Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, a Reed College class of 2016 graduate, was one of the two people fatally stabbed while protecting the safety of others on the Portland, Oregon MAX train on Friday, May 26, 2017. "I wish we would hear you say these names", wrote Dan Rather of a story "that may not neatly fit into (your) narrative.They were not killed by an undocumented immigrant or 'radical Islamic terrorist.' They were killed in an act of civic love".

When asked if he identified with Wheeler's "alt-right" description, Gibson said: "When someone can explain to me what alt-right means, I'll answer it".

The men who had intervened were viciously attacked, police said. Another man who stepped in was seriously injured. He had graduated from Portland's Reed College with a degree in economics past year and had just begun his career working at an environmental consulting agency. You will always be our hero.

Hudson's daughter said in the video that the best thing people can do for her right now is give her family privacy while they process the attack.

Portland mayor Ted Wheeler praised the men for standing up to hatred and bigotry. He began shouting racial slurs at the two, and that prompted Namkai-Meche, Best, and Fletcher to step in, which caused the suspect to stab them "viciously", according to local police.

Christian has been charged with two counts of aggravated murder and one count of attempted murder, all felonies, in Friday's attack aboard a Portland commuter train.

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Christian is scheduled to be arraigned on Tuesday, police said. Hall said his instincts kicked in and he went after the suspect.

"He was telling us that basically we weren't worth anything and we should just kill ourselves", she said in a video posted on CNN's website on Monday.Three men aboard the train intervened, with one of them saying, "You can't disrespect these young ladies like that", Mangum said in the video.

The mayor also asked the rally organizers to cancel the events.

The FBI said it's too early to say whether the slayings qualify as a federal hate crime.

"The best thing you guys can help us out with is just giving me and my family time to process everything and for me to cope with what happened and to actually heal from this and get over this somehow", Mangum said.

In a tear-choked voice, Mangum said she did not know the men and thanked them for putting their lives on the line.

Simpson says police also are investigating an incident that day involving Christian and a black woman on the train, but he didn't immediately respond to emails seeking additional details.