Portland stabber makes plea in court

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Jeremy Christian, who has been accused of stabbing three men and killing two of them, blamed the only surviving victim of the attack, Micah Fletcher, for the escalation of events.

The stabbings occurred in late May on a Portland MAX train. Allegedly, Christian was spouting “hate speech” at two female passengers when Ricky John Best, Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche and Micah Fletcher intervened.

The altercation turned physical, and Christian allegedly stabbed the three good Samaritans, with only Fletcher surviving the incident.

President Donald Trump condemned the killings, recognizing the three victims for “standing up to hate and intolerance.”

 

As Christian was leaving the courtroom following Wednesday’s appearance, he blamed Fletcher for the train stabbing. As he was lead away, Christian yelled, “Not guilty of anything but defending myself against the violent aggression by Micah Fletcher.”

Fletcher was also in the courtroom, Wednesday, seated in the front row, according to reports.

Deputies were stationed outside of the courtroom as a preventative measure.

Portland has been beset with violent demonstrations by anti-Trump protesters and Antifa thugs in recent months. Christian, who some have called a “white-supremacist,” had clashed with fellow citizens before, including incidents at rallies and another caught on tape during a different MAX train ride the night before the deadly stabbing incident.

A pro-Trump, free speech rally was held in the city Sunday. Rally organizer Joey Gibson asked for a moment of silence for Christian’s alleged victims, Best and Meche. Gibson asked the crowd not to be violent, saying their goal was to invigorate the liberty movement. “It’s OK to be a conservative in Portland,” he said.

As expected, there were clashes between the pro-Trump group and counter-protesters organized by immigrant rights, religious and labor groups who insist they were taking a stand against hate and racism. During the event, 14 people were arrested and police seized a large cache of deadly weaponry, including clubs, knives, bricks and what looked like spears. Although police did not indicate which group they took the weapons from, local news outlets report that police officers in riot gear had rocks and other projectiles thrown at them by the anti-Trump protesters.

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