President Donald Trump has been tweeting regularly throughout the weekend, but not once has he mentioned the fatal stabbing in Portland, Oregon that left two men dead after they confronted a man spewing hatred to two Muslim girls.
On Friday,Ricky John Best and Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche were stabbed to death while traveling on one of Portlands MAX trains. They both stood up to confront a man verbally attacking two girls, one of whom was wearing a hijab.
Police say Jeremy Joseph Christian, 35, who has ties to white supremacist groups, targeted the girls for religiously and racially motivated reasons. When confronted by Best, Namkai-Meche and a third man, 21-year-old Micah David-Cole Fletcher, Christian violently attacked them with a knife. Fletcher survived the stabbing but remains in the hospital with serious injuries.
Since the fatal attack made national news on Saturday, Trump has sent more than a dozen tweets. Not one of those messages mention Portland, the two deceased men being hailed as heroes, or a condemnation of the attackers actions that are being investigated by police as a hate crime.
Instead, Trump has focused his public comments on deriding the news media, congratulating Republicans on a congressional win in Montana and his recent trip to the Middle East and Europe.
Trumps most recent tweets appear to address the seemingly never-ending Russia scandal troubling his administration. Over the weekend, the Washington Post reported that Russias ambassador Sergey Kislyak told Moscow officials that Trumps key advisor and son-in-law Jared Kushner discussed possibly setting up a secret communication channel between the then-incoming presidents transition team and the Kremlin.
Twitter users have noticed the omission of the tragedy in Portland from Trumps tweets, most notably by former 60 Minutes host Dan Rather. The newsman wrote an impassioned letter pleading with the president to acknowledge the attack.
Perhaps Portland, Oregon is off your radar. It is, after all, a rather liberal place. Its even a sanctuary city, Rather wrote. But it is still an American city. And you are its president.
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