PORTLAND, OR — The mayor of Portland, Oregon on Monday called for a ban on a pro-Trump scheduled for the upcoming weekend on the grounds that such “hate fueled” will only lead to violence.
Mayor Ted Wheeler said Monday that the “alt-right demonstrations” would only fuel additional “hatred and fear” as the city works to recover from the fatal stabbing of two men who tried to shield young women from an anti-Muslim tirade last Friday.
“There is never a place for bigotry or hatred in our community, and especially not now,” Wheeler said in a three-part statement posted to Twitter. (https://twitter.com/tedwheeler?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&ref_url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.foxnews.com%2Fpolitics%2F2017%2F05%2F30%2Fportland-mayor-urges-us-officials-to-shut-down-alt-right-rallies.html) “I hope we rise to the memory of these two gentlemen who lost their lives,” said Wheeler. “Let’s do them honor by standing with them and carrying on their legacy of standing up to hate and bigotry and violence.”
Jeremy Joseph Christian, 35, is scheduled to be arraigned on Tuesday on charges of murder, attempted murder, possession of a weapon and hate crime after police say he attacked and killed two male victims on board a train. According to eyewitnesses, Christian had begun ranting about the “Muslim takeover” in the U.S. and spewing “hate speech” toward two women on the train when Taliesin Namkai-Meche, 23, and Ricky Best, 53, intervened. Christian, say witnesses, drew his knife and began stabbing the victims. Another man, Micah David-Cole Fletcher, was also slashed in the neck but survived. He is currently recovering in a nearby hospital.
President Trump condemned the stabbings, writing Monday on Twitter: “The violent attacks in Portland on Friday are unacceptable. The victims were standing up to hate and intolerance. Our prayers are w/ them.” Despite that, Wheeler says a conservative rally at this time would only fuel tensions within the city.
“Our city is in mourning, our community’s anger is real, and the timing and subject of these events can only exacerbate an already difficult situation,” Wheeler said.
The Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/events/1927691894133941/?active_tab=about) for Sunday’s months long planned event, which praises Trump, promised speakers and live music in “one of the most liberal areas on the West Coast,” and promised the event would be “an uplifting experience to bring back strength and courage to those who believe in freedom.”
The federal government controls permitting for the plaza where the rally is scheduled to take place and Wheeler has asked that they shut it down. The city will also refuse to issue any of its own permits allowing organizers to hold the events elsewhere, Wheeler said.
The mayor says he also plans to ensure that a permit is not issued for a June 10 anti- Islamic extremist protest, KATU reports (http://katu.com/news/local/mayor-wheeler-wants-federal-govt-to-pull-permit-for-alt-right-protest-on-june-4) will be called the #MarchAgainstSharia.
Portland has been the site of several anti-Trump rallies in months past. None of which were discouraged by the mayor.