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The White Supremacist Accused Of The Portland Train Stabbings Ranted About Patriotism In Court

"You call it terrorism, I call it patriotism," said Jeremy Christian, who is accused of killing two men who tried to stop him from shouting abuse at a Muslim teenager and her friend.

Originally posted on May 30, 2017, at 3:29 p.m.
Updated on May 30, 2017, at 4:50 p.m.
Claudia Koerner
BuzzFeed News Reporter
Blake Montgomery
BuzzFeed News Reporter
Reporting From
Portland, Oregon
Beth Nakamura / AP

The man accused of killing an Army veteran and a recent college graduate on a Portland train shouted about patriotism, free speech, and the enemies of America in his first court appearance on Tuesday.

Jeremy Christian, a 35-year-old known locally as a white supremacist, was scheduled to be arraigned on charges that include aggravated murder. He was charged in Friday's killings of 53-year-old Ricky John Best and 23-year-old Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche, two men who stood up to Christian as he yelled at a Muslim teenager and her black friend.

As deputies led him into the courtroom, Christian began to rant.

"Free speech or die," he shouted. "This is America, get out if you don't like free speech."

"You call it terrorism, I call it patriotism," he continued.

He continued calling for death to the "enemies of America," including anti-fascists. Several men who appeared to be antifa protesters stood outside the hearing, and as a friend of Christian's from prison arrived, they chased him away.

The friend, who identified himself as Jamie, said he had known Christian for 15 years and they were both homeless.

"If I went and got in some shit I'd want someone to stand by me," he said outside the courthouse.

He denied being a neo-Nazi, but he added, "I've fought and bled for my race."


Several Portlanders chased a friend of Jeremy Christian away from Christian's arraignment, calling him a Nazi.


As people outside the courtroom began to shout, deputies led Christian away through the secure back door. He did not enter a plea, and the judge moved on to hear other cases.

In the audience was Micah Fletcher, who also tried to intervene in Friday's attack and was injured. Stitches and bruising were visible on his neck; Christian had slashed at all three men's throats, according to people at the scene.

Beth Nakamura / AP

Earlier Tuesday, the 21-year-old poet and student released a statement, ABC News reported.

"I want the Muslim community to know that they have a home here in Portland and are loved," he said. "I want to honor the families who lost their brave fathers, sons and brothers, and I want the media and the country to honor those families. I want to send my condolences and honor those families."

An affidavit obtained by the Oregonian on Tuesday offered more details on the attack.

According to the affidavit, Christian entered the train at 4:19 p.m. Friday. Two black teenagers, one of whom was wearing a hijab, were already on the train and he began shouting at them.

"Get the fuck out!" Christian said, according to the affidavit. "Pay taxes!"

"I don't care if you are ISIS," the affidavit continued. "Fuck Saudi Arabia."

All the while, he was drinking sangria wine from a plastic container, the affidavit said. One man intervened and tried to verbally de-escalate the situation, the affidavit said. But Christian continued shouting, including a statement about "decapitating heads," the man later told police.

In video described by the affidavit, Christian made a sudden movement toward Namkai-Meche, adding, "Do something, bitch." Fletcher stood up next to Namkai-Meche, and Christian shoved him in the chest, the affidavit stated. Fletcher shoved back and told him to get off the train, the affidavit added.

Christian then began stabbing at the man with a knife that had been concealed in his hand, according to the affidavit. When Best moved forward to intervene, he too was stabbed.

Christian allegedly threatened other passengers as he got off the train.

He was arrested and booked into Multnomah County Jail. Charges include aggravated murder, attempted murder, and misdemeanor intimidation — Oregon's statute covering crimes of bias against a person's race, color, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or national origin.

In the squad car, police recorders captured statements by Christian, the affidavit said according to Willamette Week.

"I told him, 'You ain't gonna heal punk,'" Christian said, according to the affidavit. "And he still wants to put his hands on me. Die bitch. Fucking die. Stupid motherfucker. That's what liberalism gets you."

"I hope they all die," Christian said, according to the affidavit. "I'm gonna say that on the stand. I'm a patriot and I hope everyone I stabbed died."

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Comments (7)

  1. Munkyman

    How about just free & crazy? The guy has gone off on tirades against several others for a variety of “reasons,” which makes this nothing more than crazy guy loses it on train & kills those who sought to help his focal victim.
    The story is what he did/said because it’s sensational, not the actual why he did it because we might wonder why after years of Obamacare we still have the homeless walking around crazy & dangerous?
    Just as Dylan Roof was used to stomp on the rights of those who value their states history by association, the reality is he was just crazy & he’d have latched on to were wolves, vampires or antifa if it hadn’t been white supremacy, because his crazy wanted to hurt someone & needed the tools to get his rationale mind close enough to the goal. That’s it, crazy looking for an excuse to do what crazy wants you to do.

    May 31, 2017
  2. Munkyman

    The greater social issue at play here is that this is the effect that our modern media based warfare is having on the suggestible & unstable. That’s why ISIS is so successful in it’s recruitment, they have a good media campaign & there are lots of people out there who are desperate, disgusted & crazy.

    May 31, 2017
  3. tjtooter

    how about not chalking it off to mental health because it was a white guy who did it?

    May 31, 2017
  4. GoldenPig2012

    He has every right to say what he wants. He does, free speech is a double-edged sword. But, he does NOT have the right to threaten the safety of others, let alone kill another. Patriotism my ASS. Killing others because you don’t agree with them? No. That’s just being a murderous asshole, don’t care who you are. I can SAY what I believe, what I feel, that’s my right. Others get to do the same. Period.

    He might or might not be crazy as a shithouse rat, doesn’t matter. It isn’t patriotism, it’s murder and hate. He is NOT special, he doesn’t get special consideration………………….he KILLED people trying to stop him from hurting other people. Fuck him. Twice. Sideways.

    May 31, 2017
    1. tjtooter

      i’m really grateful for both the online and real world communities that have accepted me as a friend and neighbor. the only exposure i have to such foul examples of people as this murderous ass clown is when they make it to the news. i hardly ever even get people making stupid remarks about being transgender or anything else that’s “different” about me, other than the gangs of trolls in my anti-fan club.

      May 31, 2017
      1. GoldenPig2012

        So……………there is more good than bad in the world. There is more love than hate. It’s up to each of us to make sure of it.

        Oh, chuckle, honey…………..who gives a fuck who hates you? I have a HUGE “hate club”, fuck ’em. FUCK YOU if you DARE pass judgment on me. ha ha ha ha…………..

        You know I don’t understand transgender, I’ve made that clear. But, just because I don’t “get” it, doesn’t have jack shit to do with you and your life and how you live it. Maybe you don’t “get” how I got married at 16, had five children, spent years getting beat up and excused the one who did it. We all have our own lives, it’s OURS, right or wrong. But right or wrong is not for another to define.

        May 31, 2017
        1. tjtooter

          most transgender people don’t understand what’s going on either, so don’t feel like the lone ranger. there are some recent articles that talk about the biological basis for transgenderism i’ll post for you when i get a chance. the simple version is sex is determined by the gonads, gender is determined by the brain, masculinity and femininity are on a sliding scale and some people are born completely cross wired between their sex and gender. this is maddening and it’s exacerbated exponentially by ignorance and hatred in our families and communities.

          i didn’t know that i wasn’t a girl until i started getting punished for acting like one. by 8 or 9, i knew what was going on and spirit promised me that if i just dealt with it, i’d be healed when the ascended ones return to set the planet straight for another few thousand years. i just shut up and played along as best i could and when it was obvious that it was safe for me to be myself and stupid for me not to, i came out.

          May 31, 2017