White nationalist Oregonian Jeremy Joseph Christian went on a violent tirade during his arraignment on charges stemming from last week’s stabbing of three people aboard a light-rail train in Portland, on Tuesday, May 30.
“Free speech or die Portland, you’ve got no safe place. This is America. Get out if you don’t like free speech,” video of Christian being escorted in to stand before a judge at Multnomah County Justice Center Courthouse, captures him shouting. Shackled with marshals presiding over each shoulder, Christian remained defiant throughout the brief courtroom appearance, telling the judge to “die” after declaring: “Death to the enemies of America. Leave this country if you hate our freedom. Death to Antifa. You call it terrorism, I call it patriotism.”
Christian was arrested on Friday, after slashing the throats of two men and stabbing another who had all come to the aid of a 16-year-old girl and her Muslim friend. Christian, 35, had reportedly been berating the young ladies with racist and Islamophobic threats, when Ricky John Best, 53, Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, 23, and Micah Fletcher, 21, approached and were thereby attacked by Christian. Best and Namkai-Meche were pronounced dead at the hospital, while Fletcher was treated for nonlife-threatening injuries.
He is facing two counts of aggravated murder, attempted murder, two counts of second-degree intimidation and being a felon in possession of a restricted weapon. Authorities are also investigating to gather whether hate crime or domestic terrorism charges could be brought up against Christian, who only one day earlier was filmed threatening a bus driver with hate-speech, and has an internet trail of pro-Nazi content as well as a reputation as an agitator at far-right demonstrations around the city.