White Supremacist Accused of Killing Two Men in Portland Walked Into the Courtroom Ranting About Free Speech

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Jeremy Joseph Christian, the man accused of stabbing two men to death on board a Portland train, started ranting about “free speech” and patriotism as he walked into the courtroom on Monday for his first appearance since the killings.

“Get out if you don’t like free speech,” Christian can be heard saying in video from the court. “You call it terrorism, I call it patriotism. You hear me? Die.”


He continued on to call for death to “enemies of America,” including anti-fascists.


Police say Christian stabbed Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche, 23, and Ricky Best, 53, to death when they tried to intervene as Christian shouted racial slurs at a Muslim teenager and her black friend on board the train last Friday.

A third man, Micah David-Cole Fletcher, 21, was seriously injured, but he watched from the front row–with stitches and bruising still easily visible on his neck–as Christian was arraigned on multiple charges, including aggravated murder, CNN reported.


Christian’s next court appearance in June 7. In the meantime, federal authorities are weighing whether to charge him with hate crimes.


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