Monthly Archives: January 2018

Portland Murder Suspect Calls Stabbings ‘Patriotism’ In First Court Appearance

In a chilling first court appearance on Tuesday, Portland stabbing suspect Jeremy Christian yelled about free speech and patriotism and called for more deaths.

?Free speech or die, Portland!? Christian, 35, yelled as he walked into his arraignment hearing, local NBC outlet KGW reported. ?You got no safe place. This is America. Get out if you don?t like free speech!?

Christian is accused of stabbing three men ? Ricky John Best and Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, who died from their injuries, and Micah David-Cole Fletcher, who is expected to survive ? after they tried to stop Christian from harassing two young women on a train in Portland, Oregon, because the women appeared to be Muslim.

?Death to the enemies of America. Leave this country if you hate our freedom. Death to Antifa!? he yelled in court Tuesday, referring to antifascism. ?You call it terrorism, I call it patriotism. You hear me? Die.? 

Christian faces multiple charges for aggravated murder, intimidation in the second degree, attempted murder and being a felon in possession of a restricted weapon.

His courtroom rant is only the latest in his long history of white supremacy, anti-Muslim and anti-Semitic behavior. He regularly shared violent, racist sentiments on the internet, marched as a neo-Nazi last month and found a likeminded community online

His next court appearance is scheduled for June 7.

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Donald Trump’s Communications Director Resigns

President Donald Trump?s communications director, Mike Dubke, is resigning from the White House, he confirmed to Politico Tuesday.

Dubke tendered his resignation May 18, almost three months after taking on the role, Axios first reported. Trump accepted Dubke?s offer to stay while on his first overseas trip as president this month. The White House later confirmed Dubke?s resignation to HuffPost.

The spokesman?s last day has not been determined, but could be Tuesday, The Washington Post reported. He plans to return to work at Black Rock group, his communications and public affairs firm, according to Politico.

?The reasons for my departure are personal, but it has been my great honor to serve President Trump and this administration,? Dubke, 47, wrote in an email to friends, according to Politico. ?It has also been my distinct pleasure to work side-by-side, day-by-day with the staff of the communications and press departments. This White House is filled with some of the finest and hardest working men and women in the American Government.?

Dubke didn?t give a reason for his departure but multiple media outlets reported that it was because he was largely isolated from the president?s steadfast inner circle.

His exit comes amid growing turmoil within the White House. Trump reportedly scaled back the public role of White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer and he?s expected to give fewer on-camera briefings after the president?s trip abroad.

Spicer served as both press secretary and communications director for the White House until Dubke came aboard in March. The veteran GOP strategist rose to national prominence in 2001 after founding Crossroads Media, a Republican media services and advertising firm.

This article has been updated throughout.

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