Finally President Donald Trump has come out and condemned the Portland stabbing of three people who tried to protect two Muslim girls from the racial slurs of a white supremacist. While two people died from the stab wounds, the third, who was severely injured, is struggling for his life in a hospital.
The condemnation of the stabbing comes only after Portland Mayor called them heroes and heaped praise on the three people who lost their lives. Crowdfunding efforts by local groups, including Muslims have raised more than a million dollars till now.
The macabre incident happened on the MAX railway this past Friday when a known white supremacist and felon Jeremy Joseph Christian went on to slit the throats of two people who were trying to save two girls from his racial slurs and abuses. The two have been identified as Ricky John Best, 53 and Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche, 23. Third person who also suffered major knife wounds is struggling for his life.
In the meantime locals with support of the American Muslims have raised as much as a million dollar for the victims of Portland’s brazen stabbing attack. The community is simply speechless due to what happened. They realize that they are not without support in the land of freedom and free speech.
Meanwhile, one of the girls who faced 35-year old Christian attack, Destinee Mangum, told Fox 12 Oregon KPTV: “I just want to say thank you to the people that put their life on the line for me. They lost their lives because of me and my friend, and the way we looked.” Crying as her voice shook, she added: “I appreciate them. Without them, we probably would be dead right now.”
While Trump or White House didn’t issue a detailed statement on the issue, he condemned the attack in a tweet from his official Twitter handle. “The violent attacks in Portland on Friday are unacceptable. The victims were standing up to hate and intolerance. Our prayers are w/ them,” Trump said in a Twitter message before taking part in a wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. The tweet appeared only on Trump’s @POTUS account, which has about 12 million fewer followers than his better-known @realDonaldTrump account.