An outspoken critic of Donald Trump, Dan Rather, blistered Donald Trump for his silence on Portland, Oregon stabbing in which two men dead and 1 more injured.
Rather wrote, “I wish we would hear you say these names, or even just tweet them…this story may not neatly fit into a narrative you pushed on the campaign trail and that has followed you into the White House,” he said…they were not killed by an undocumented immigrant or a ‘radical Islamic terrorist.”
Killed Friday were Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche, 23, and Ricky John Best, 53, when they intervened in an incident in which a fellow train passenger was berating two women with anti-Muslim speech. Another man, Micah David-Cole Fletcher, 21, was also injured in the attack.
The suspect, 35-year-old Jeremy Joseph Christian, is now being charged with 2 counts of murder, 1 count of attempted murder, 2 counts of second degree intimidation and 1 felony for being a in possession of an unlawful weapon.
Trump was not in the country when the attack happened, and has not mentioned the incident to reporters or on social media as of yet. He often comments on news events by tweeting.
Rather blasted Trump’s ‘non-response’ on the hate crimes and racist acts that have escalated since he began his campaign for office nearly 2 years ago.
Rather said, “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 ascendancy…I do not blame you directly for this incident,” he added. “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.”