Jeremy Christian, the 35-year-old suspect in Portland stabbing case, made repeated verbal outbursts during his court appearance Tuesday. Christian is facing charges of fatally stabbing two men and injuring another on a Portland light rail train Tuesday after they intervened to stop him from yelling hate comments at two young women, one of whom was wearing a hijab.
“Free speech or die, Portland. You got no safe place. This is America. Get out if you don’t like free speech,” Christian said while he was being arraigned on murder charges before Judge Paul G. Crowley at the Multnomah Justice Center in Portland Paul G. Crowley at the Multnomah Justice Center in Portland.
“You call it terrorism, I call it patriotism. You hear me? Die,” Christian screamed while being led out of the court.
Christian has been charged with one count of attempted aggravated murder, two counts of aggravated murder, two counts of second-degree intimidation and one count of first-degree assault, and three counts of unlawful use of a weapon, CBS News reported.
Taliesin Myrddin Nankai Meche, 23 and Rick Best, 53, an army veteran and father of four, were stabbed by Christian on a MAX train in Portland around 4:30 p.m. EDT Friday. According to court documents, Best died on the spot and Nankai Meche was declared dead at the hospital. Christian also wounded Micah David-Cole Fletcher, 21, a third person who tried to intervene. Fletcher was released from the hospital Monday night and was present during Christian’s arraignment.
During his appearance at the court, Christian also yelled “death to the enemies of America” and “death to Antifa.” Antifa is a name used by groups who call themselves “anti-fascist.”
Witnesses to the incident said Christian-targeted “hate speech” at two African-American girls, one of whom was wearing a hijab and shouted comments like “I don’t care if you are…