Calling attention to a fatal stabbing that took place in Portland, Oregon on Friday , former CBS News anchor Dan Rather put out a Facebook post on Sunday to chastise President Trump for not saying anything about the crime.
“This story may not neatly fit into a narrative you pushed on the campaign trail and that has followed you into the White House,” Rather wrote in a Facebook post. “They were not killed by an undocumented immigrant or a ‘radical Islamic terrorist.'”
Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche, 23, and Ricky John Best, 53, were killed on Friday when they got involved in an altercation with a man who was berating two Muslim women with “hate” speech. Another man, Micah David-Cole Fletcher, 21, was injured in the stabbing, but not critically.
Identified as Jeremy Joseph Christian, 35, the alleged killer is charged with two counts of aggravated murder, one count of attempted murder, two counts of second degree intimidation, and one count of possession, and one count of being a felon in possession of a restricted weapon.
Trump was not in the country when the attack took place, but he has made no mention of the incident to reporters or on social media.
Claiming that racism and hate crimes have escalated ever since Trump first ran for office, Rather wrote, “This ‘extremism’ may be of a different type than gets most of your attention, or even the attention in the press. But that doesn’t make it any less serious, or deadly. And this kind of ‘extremism’ is on the rise, especially in the wake of your political ascendency.”
He noted, “I do not blame you directly for this incident. Nor do I think other people should. But what a President says, who he has around him, and the tone he sets can set the tone for the nation at large.”
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