Dan Rather pleads for Trump to pay attention to Portland murders
Former CBS News anchor Dan Rather, who has become an outspoken critic of Donald Trump, on Sunday criticized the president’s silence on the Friday stabbing in Portland, Ore., that left two men dead and another injured.
“I wish we would hear you say these names, or even just tweet them,” Rather wrote in a Facebook post.
“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.'”
Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche, 23, and Ricky John Best, 53, were killed on Friday after intervening when a fellow train passenger began berating two women with anti-Muslim speech. Another man, Micah David-Cole Fletcher, 21, was injured in the attack, as well.
The suspect was identified as 35-year-old Jeremy Joseph Christian, who is being charged with two counts of aggravated murder, one count of attempted murder, two counts of second degree intimidation and one count of being a felon in possession of a restricted weapon.
Trump was overseas when the attack took place, and has not yet mentioned the incident to reporters or on social media, where he frequently comments on news events and current affairs.
Rather slammed Trump’s silence on the racist acts and hate crimes that have mounted since he began running for office nearly two years ago.
“This ‘extremism’ may be of a different type than gets most of your attention, or even the attention in the press,” Rather wrote on Sunday. “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 ascendency.”
“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.”
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