The mayor of Portland, Oregon is urging officials of the Trump administration to cancel the “Trump Free Speech Rally,” citing these types of events could inspire “hatred” and “violence.”
Mayor Ted Wheeler pointed to an incident that occurred over the weekend where a man stabbed two men and wounded another on a train after they defended a pair of women from an anti-Muslim outburst.
Wheeler said that he hopes the recent attack will inspire “changes in the political dialogue in this country.”
Wheeler also said the upcoming free speech event scheduled for June 10 could “peddle a message of hatred” and to honor the recent victims, events like these should be canceled.
“I hope we rise to the memory of these two gentlemen who lost their lives,” said Wheeler. “Let’s do them honor by standing with them and carrying on their legacy of standing up to hate and bigotry and violence.”
The free speech rally has yet to receive a permit, but the Facebook page says “there will be speakers exercising their free speech, live music, flags, and an uplifting experience to bring back strength and courage to those who believe in freedom.
American nationalist and avid Trump supporter, Kyle Chapman is expected to participate at the rally. He was arrested at the March 4 protest in Berkeley.
The president called the recent attack “unacceptable” and applauded the victims for their heroics.
“The violent attacks in Portland on Friday are unacceptable. The victims were standing up to hate and intolerance. Our prayers are w/ them,” tweeted Trump on Monday.
“He told us to go back to Saudi Arabia, and he told us we shouldn’t be here, to get out of his country,” said Destinee Mangum, one of the women accosted by the man. “He was just telling us that we basically weren’t anything and that we should kill ourselves.”
Mangum and her Muslim friend decided to move to another section of the train, before getting off at the next stop.
“And then we turned around while they were fighting, and he just started stabbing people, and it was just blood everywhere, and we just started running for our lives,” said Mangum.
The assailant, Jeremy Christian, has a criminal record.
“Christian served prison time after holding up employees at a convenience store with a gun in 2002, court records show. He went back after pleading guilty in 2011 to being a felon in possession of a firearm. He was behind bars again in 2013 for violating a condition of his release, according to court records,” writes The Washington Times. “Tomica Clark told The Oregonian/OregonLive that she has known Christian since elementary school. She said she was surprised to hear people call Christian racist. Clark is black and said Christian had many black friends.”
Author’s note: Isn’t it ironic that the Portland mayor wants to cancel a free-speech rally? This is just another way of censoring free-speech. We shouldn’t let one criminal, who exhibited discrimination and violence ruin an event that is supposed to be a peaceful uplifting experience.