When we first brought you the story of a man in Portland who brutally murdered two good Samaritans who stood up to him on a commuter train, not much was known about his identity. In fact, police at the time seemed to be downplaying the racist nature of the crime. Much of the focus on witness testimony was on the fact that not all of his racist rantings on the train were specifically anti-Muslim. The two young ladies he was harassing when the victims intervened were Muslim, however.
The suspect has been arrested and charged with six counts related to the crime, including Aggravated Murder, Attempted Murder, and Felony Weapons Possession.
Now new details about the attacker have emerged, from a man who interviewed him only a month ago. From an article by Corey Pein of the Willamette Weekly this morning:
Jeremy Joseph Christian, 35, who was arrested yesterday on suspicion of killing two men who tried to protect two dark-skinned women wearing hijabs from his racist abuse, is also a notorious racist from North Portland who networked with other racists when he wasn’t doing time (and, presumably, when he was).”
The reporter details his conversation with Christian just four weeks ago, following an impromptu “free speech” rally. That rally took place instead of a scheduled parade on the same day because of fears of neo-Nazi protesters. The soon-to-be murderer was wearing a Revolutionary War battle flag as a cape, giving a Nazi salute, and shouting racial epithets at passers-by. At one point that day, Christian had a baseball bat confiscated by Portland Police.
The man in the flag cape was quickly swarmed by scrawny young antifa kids, then by officers from the Portland Police Bureau.”
— Mike Bivins (@itsmikebivins) April 29, 2017
The following quotes are from the accused killer’s Facebook page, and they are graphic:
If Donald Trump is the Next Hitler then I am joining his SS to put an end to Monotheist Question. All Zionist Jews, All Christians who do not follow Christ’s teaching of Love, Charity, and Forgiveness And All Jihadi Muslims are going to Madagascar or the Ovens/FEMA Camps!!! Does this make me a fascist!!!
That’s not subtle.
I want a job in Norway cutting off the heads of people that Circumcize Babies.
Jeremy Joseph Christian’s hatred was broad. But there is now zero doubt that he must be tried for a hate crime, rather than a random act of violence. He was known — by the police — to associate with white supremacist groups, he was covered in white supremacist tattoos, and you just watched a VIDEO of him doing the NAZI SALUTE.
Welcome to Donald Trump’s America.
Featured image via Portland Police mugshot