The Unbearable Weakness Of President Trump In the Face Of Terrorism

?We need to be smart, vigilant and tough,? Donald Trump tweeted soon after the horrible terror attack in London on and close to the London Bridge. Even though an occasional hint of compassion for the victims would sometimes a nice gesture as well, the US President was undoubtedly right in substance. This terror attack, the second in England within two weeks, and the third within three months, puts a lot of pressure on the psyche of Western countries.

(Granted, that psyche is a bit selective, when 90 dead in Kabul were only worth one day of news coverage (and no tweet), and when stabbings by a man named Christian in peaceful Portland, Oregon, are, unlike the attacks committed by Muslims, viewed as unfortunate isolated event.)

Unfortunately, smart, vigilant and tough is exactly what the President?s reaction was not. Rather, his response was the opposite: unbelievably stupid, extremely careless, and ridiculously weak.

Stupid first. Despite the constant droning that wants to suggest otherwise, terrorism, including that in London, is a strategy, not an ideology. The attackers? main goal, we must presume, was not to kill seven and injure more than 40. That is a large number for a terrorist attack?between 1990 and 2015, no more than 90 people were killed in terror attacks in the UK?but still a relatively small number of people compared to other causes of death. For comparison, each week, the UK sees 35 deaths and almost 500 serious injuries from traffic accidents.

No, the main goal of terrorism is what its name suggests: to create terror. And Trump gives the attackers so precisely what they want from him that even Putin must be jealous. He lets fear get the better of him. He lashes out on twitter, unhinged. And he works very hard at conveying that fear to us, too, by tweeting in panic. The smart thing and this is almost too obvious to write, would have been not to play into the terrorists? hands. But Trump appears unable to even understand that.

Was he at least vigilant, by emphasizing again the need for his travel ban? If only. In the United States, like in the United Kingdom, most terror attacks are committed by citizens born and raised in the country. If indeed the London attackers were led by ISIS, they could be radicalized at home, or reached through the internet. And in order to drive cars into people (what a dreadfully unheroic method!) they do not need to visit training camps in Afghanistan; they can read the instructions in ISIS? glossy magazine. In this regard, Theresa May?s threat to regulate the internet more thoroughly has, despite its obvious downside, at least a hint of credibility.

Trump looks exactly like the kind of man ISIS must want in the Oval Office: Stupid, careless, and weak.

Of course, Trump would never dare to interfere with the economic and political forces that support internet freedom. Instead he caters to anti-Muslim sentiment. But it is still not vigilant to ban entrants from Iran, from where none of the recent attackers in the United States came. What could be vigilant would be, for example, to reconsider relations with Saudi Arabia, which we must still suspect to be supporting terrorists, and which beheads people in a manner eerily similar to the preferred way of ISIS. Its role in the terror attacks may remain unknown if the UK Home Office sticks to its decision not to publish a recent report. Trump, of course, does not care about such niceties. It has only been days since he used the Saudi Arabian stage, of all places, to declare a fight against extremism, and he praised a huge weapons deal with the country as good for American jobs.

Most remarkable, however, is how unbearably weak Trump is proving to be in the face of terror attacks. A model of strength is London?s mayor Sadiq Khan, who urged Londoners and visitors ?to be calm and vigilant? . Theresa May, who has an election to win (or, increasingly less improbably, to lose), has managed slightly less well to remain her calm: her promise to step up the fight against Islamist terrorism stands in unexplained contrast to her recently announced plans to reduce police forces.

Trump beat her. He decided that the best response was to ridicule Sadiq Khan, only hours after promising that the United States would do whatever it can to ?help out in London and the U.K. Moreover, and incomprehensibly, he blamed political correctness. This is bizarre. Nobody in England is defending the terrorists, just as nobody in World War II excused the Blitzkrieg with the Nazis? difficult childhood. Instead, the now famous motto ?Keep calm and carry on,? although itself apparently not used during the war, represented a deliberate strategy to resist the Nazis? attempts of demoralizing Londoners through carpet bombing. That strength provided one important step towards the later victory.

Whatever else one may think of Winston Churchill, England?s leader in World War II, he proved indeed to be what Trump demands now: smart, vigilant, and tough. Churchill is a role model for the President, though not apparently for these characteristics. Trump, still the TV celebrity that he will always be, has been reported to practice frowning so he could look more like Churchill. He need not bother, he never will. He looks exactly like the kind of man ISIS must want in the Oval Office: stupid, careless, and weak, prone to give the terrorists what they hope for. That is, perhaps, the most frightening lesson from the terror attacks.

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Alec Baldwin Tweets Advice To Under-Fire Kathy Griffin

Actor Alec Baldwin has used Twitter to offer some words of comfort to under-fire comedian Kathy Griffin.

Griffin faced a backlash this week after she posed with a bloody mask depicting President Donald Trump?s decapitated head. At an emotional press conference on Friday, she slammed members of the Trump family for subsequently bullying her on social media.

Soon after, Baldwin tweeted Griffin his support:

?Kathy? fuck them. Fuck them all,? wrote Baldwin, who has also faced Trump?s repeated wrath over his potrayal of him on ?Saturday Night Live.?

?No 1 believes u meant 2 threaten Trump,? he added. ?Trump is such a senile idiot, all he has is Twitter fights.?

Baldwin also recalled a similar backlash he faced in 1998, when he sparked outrage for joking about killing the now late Rep. Henry Hyde (R-Il) on ?Late Night With Conan O?Brien.?

Read all of Baldwin?s tweets here:

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Sweden Has Shown That Climate Action And Economic Growth Are Absolutely Linked

A few days ago, US President Donald Trump followed through on his threat to leave the Paris Agreement. A total of 147 countries have ratified the Agreement, which states that a global temperature rise will remain well below two degrees Celsius, and efforts will be made to limit it even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius. The Paris Agreement was a decisive breakthrough in international climate efforts and is needed more than ever now that we are getting reports that Arctic ice is melting much faster than researchers expected. The US leaving the Paris Agreement is a huge setback for future international climate efforts. It also affects tomorrow?s jobs and the labor market. The rest of the world cannot afford to slow down to wait for the US. Those who opt out of making the transition now will be left hopelessly behind.

Swedish experience shows that predictability and effective policy levers play an important role in companies? transition potential.

An increasing number of companies see profitability and business opportunities in reducing their climate impact and respond to growing demand for sustainable solutions. The challenge of climate change requires policies and leadership that create opportunities for the business sector to use this to turn risks into opportunities. The US now risks moving in a direction diametrically opposed to its own development and the development of the rest of the world.

In connection with the annual spring meetings of the IMF and the World Bank, we co-organized a seminar on climate-smart growth and the business sector?s role in the climate transition. The seminar in Washington pointed out the lessons Sweden has learned regarding the role of policies and the business sector and their interaction in the climate transition. Sweden is one of the most innovative countries in the world and at the same time has both one of the world?s most ambitious goals for emissions reductions and for transition to a 100 percent renewable electricity system.  

It was long a common perception that climate efforts led to increased costs and that the aim of companies? climate efforts was to live up to requirements and avoid risks. In recent years, this perception has changed ? companies have realized that ambitious climate efforts present opportunities. The Haga Initiative is a network of companies that wants to show that the business sector is part of the solution in the climate transition. Each of the 15 heads of the companies that make up the Haga Initiative can describe how both customers and employees are more loyal to companies that take responsibility for the climate, and how climate efforts lead to technological development, innovations and new products that in turn result in new and better business opportunities. The Initiative?s vision is actually working out so well that these companies have already achieved the previous climate objective of a 40 percent reduction in emissions, and have now raised the bar ? they intend to be fossil-free by 2030.

Swedish experience shows that predictability and effective policy levers play an important role in companies? transition potential. Despite having the world?s highest carbon tax for more than 20 years and an unusually strict climate policy, seen in an international perspective, Swedish companies are at the forefront and have retained and reinforced their international competitiveness. At national level we now see that since 1990, emissions in Sweden have decreased by 25 percent while GDP has increased by 69 percent. Just as in many other parts of the world, we see that the link between the curves for carbon emissions and increased GDP has been broken. A shining example is the development in the renewable energy industry, where we can see how a significant fall in price can be linked to a dramatic increase in employment and growth. 

These Swedish climate success stories are not surprising to those following the research. More than 10 years ago, prominent economist Nicholas Stern stated that the costs of not taking action against climate change will be much higher than if the world takes decisive action now. Based on Mr Stern?s realization that it will be more expensive to take action later, the New Climate Economy research commission stated in a report that it is less expensive to take action now, since many climate measures also lead to major benefits to society. Just recently the OECD published a report concluding that the G20-countries thorugh acting on climate change can increase growth by one percent by 2021 and 2.8 percent by 2050. At company level, Harvard Professor Robert G. Eccles has shown that companies with a focus on sustainability perform better and have a higher market value than other companies.

In addition, parts of the US business sector would like to see a stronger climate policy. The ?Business Backs Low-Carbon USA?-initiative has the support of more than 1 000 companies and investors in the United States. They want to see climate-smart investments and continued US support for the Paris Agreement, since this creates jobs and strengthens US competitiveness. China and the EU remain committed to the Paris Agreement. What will it mean if the US continues increasing its emissions when the rest of the world continues on the path towards an efficient and climate-smart economy?

There are 160 000 jobs in the coal industry, but there are twice as many jobs in the solar industry alone. There are 640 000 jobs in traditional industries linked to fossil energy, but there are 2.5 million jobs in the new climate economy. The US needs the green industry for its growth, its jobs and its welfare.

Several major companies in the US have taken the lead and contributed to green technological development around the world. The US also represents an important market for a number of Swedish companies. Sweden is one of the largest investors per capita in the US. Swedish companies create more than 330 000 jobs in the US. There is every reason now to focus on continuing to strengthen cooperation with these companies ? and the states and cities in the US with ambitious climate agendas ? to promote positive social development and ensure a market for sustainable enterprise internationally and on the other side of the Atlantic.

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Rihanna Had More Game Than The Cavaliers In NBA Finals’ Game 1

Rihanna put in work during Game 1 of the NBA Finals in Oakland, California, on Thursday.

Let?s face it: The Warriors? 113-91 victory over the visiting Cavaliers wasn?t all that exciting. So thankfully RiRi was there courtside to amp up the drama.

She certainly scored points with former Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy, an ESPN analyst. Even a LeBron James dunk couldn?t sway his attention from the ?Only Girl (In The World)? singer.

Give it a listen: 

And there was Rihanna?s dab in the fourth quarter, when a fan reportedly asked her to sit down. Stay defiant, RiRi!

Rihanna, a huge LeBron James fan, also heckled Warriors star Kevin Durant, even yelling ?brick? on a free throw. She apparently earned a glare for that and on other occasions, too.

Asked about reportedly staring back at the pop star, Durant said he didn?t remember doing it.

?I?m cool,? he said. ?Have fun with that.?

 Good game, RiRi!

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Samantha Bee Reveals The ‘Real’ Reason Why Donald Trump Tweeted ‘Covfefe’

Samantha Bee can settle the whole ?covfefe? debate, once and for all.

After President Donald Trump tweeted the mysterious but clearly nonsensical word yesterday, multiple theories abounded as to what it actually meant. On Wednesday, the ?Full Frontal? host claimed to know the real reason behind the tweet ? and it was apparently related to Trump?s first big trip abroad as president. 

Bee also praised POTUS for the tweet because ?for five blessed hours, Donald J. Trump made America truly great.?

?For that glorious interlude between midnight and 5 a.m., we were like passengers on the Titanic who decided to say ?fuck it,? and rock out to the band,? she added.

Check out the full segment above.

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Former NAACP President Ben Jealous Announces Run For Maryland Governor

Former NAACP President Ben Jealous is seeking the Democratic nomination for governor of Maryland, the civil rights leader announced in Baltimore on Wednesday.

Jealous, 44, is the second Democrat to jump into the race against incumbent Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, a relative moderate up for re-election in November 2018. Alec Ross, a 45-year-old technology entrepreneur and former adviser in the Barack Obama administration, announced his candidacy in April.

Hogan boasts a high approval rating in the state, but a Washington Post-University of Maryland poll from March showed him leading a hypothetical Democratic challenger by just 4 percentage points among registered voters.

Jealous? candidacy is liable to nationalize the primary, turning it into yet another proxy war between the party?s progressive and establishment wings. Jealous endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in the 2016 presidential election and now sits on the board of the campaign legacy organization Our Revolution. 

But during his campaign announcement outside Baltimore Blossom Studio, a floral shop his cousin opened after civil unrest in the city in 2015, he trained his fire on Republicans, claiming Hogan has failed to stand up to President Donald Trump.

?Every week our governor becomes a little more like the lion in ?The Wizard of Oz?: all strength and no political courage,? Jealous said. 

?We have for 50 years, as progressives as civil rights activists, bemoaned the transfer of power from the federal government to our states,? he added later. ?But in this moment, when extremists are running our federal government, let?s just celebrate what is, make full use of the power we have and move our families forward together no matter what they do in Washington.?

 

Every week our governor becomes a little more like the lion in ?The Wizard of Oz?: all strength and no political courage.
Ben Jealous

Hogan said ahead of the election that he wouldn?t vote for Trump, claiming he was ?not pleased with the candidates in either party.?

Since the inauguration, however, Hogan hasn?t been as antagonistic toward the administration as his Democratic peers in other states. He appeared alongside Education Secretary Besty DeVos at a school in Bethesda in March, and ignored a request by the state?s Democratic attorney general to challenge Trump?s travel ban. Maryland?s Democratic legislature subsequently empowered the attorney general to pursue lawsuits without the governor?s approval.

Hogan also announced last week that he plans to veto paid sick leave legislation, a move that rankles liberal activists in the state.

Jealous is running on a firmly progressive platform of raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, ensuring quality teachers in every classroom, reducing student debt, protecting the Chesapeake Bay, investing in clean energy, ensuring affordable health care and upgrading public transportation.

He said he plans to pay for new investments with such tactics as closing corporate tax loopholes and reducing the state?s incarceration levels.

Jealous addressed both police brutality and rising levels of violent crime, two issues that have scarred the city. 

?We will cut the murder rate,? he said. ?We will lock up the shooters.?

?And we will restore trust by both better training officers, but also, yes, by also holding officers who kill unarmed civilians fully accountable,? he added, eliciting loud applause from those assembled to support him.

Jealous is a partner at Kapor Capital, a venture capital firm in Oakland, California, that focuses on socially progressive investments. In his remarks on Wednesday, Jealous suggested his experience there equipped him to attract investments from tech companies that might want to diversify their workforces, because Maryland boasts a high rate of black scientists and engineers.

In 2008, 35-year-old Jealous became the youngest person to ever lead the NAACP. Over the course of his five-year tenure at the organization, Jealous presided over significant membership and revenue growth, registered hundreds of thousands of voters, and participated in successful fights to ban the death penalty in Connecticut and Maryland.

Jealous was born and raised in California, but his mother hails from Baltimore and he frequently visited his grandparents there. His parents met in the city, but they couldn?t get married there because his father is white and Maryland prohibited interracial marriage until 1967.

Jealous is likely to become the progressive favorite in the race, thanks in no small part to his work on behalf of the Sanders campaign and Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison?s bid for chairmanship of the Democratic National Committee.

The national office of Our Revolution, which live-tweeted Jealous? announcement, has said it will base its endorsement in the race on who its Maryland chapter supports. 

?I am glad to see a life-time organizer with a track record of advancing civil rights and equality for the people who need it most in this country pose a REAL challenge to the status quo,? Winnie Wong, co-founder of the People for Bernie, said in an email. Wong is also a chief organizer of the People?s Summit, a national gathering of progressive activists in Chicago later this month at which Jealous is scheduled to speak. 

Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.), former Attorney General Douglas Gansler, Prince George?s County Executive Rushern Baker, Baltimore County executive Kevin Kamenetz, Baltimore attorney James Shea and state Sen. Richard Madaleno are all reportedly considering running for Maryland?s Democratic gubernatorial nomination.

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Sean Hannity Just Can’t Stop Himself From Talking About Seth Rich

Days after host Sean Hannity pledged to stop discussing the death of former Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich, the Fox News host mentioned it again when he returned to air.

Last week, amid Fox News retracting a story and public pleas from Rich?s family to cease peddling a conspiracy theory surrounding the 27-year-old?s death, Hannity said he would stop talking about the subject ?for now.? Apparently that lasted only a few days, as the host told his audience Tuesday night after a short vacation that he was ?getting close? to sharing more information.

The Fox News host said he was ?happy to accommodate? Rich?s family last week, but wanted to remind his audience that he was still ?investigating? Rich?s death.

?Out of respect for the family?s wishes, I decided for the time being not to discuss it unless there were further developments,? Hannity said. ?But I also promised you, my loyal audience, that I would not stop investigating, that I would not stop asking questions … Now I can report, I am making progress. We?ll have a lot more coming probably sooner than later.?

Police suspect Rich was fatally shot in a botched robbery attempt while he was walking in his Washington, D.C., neighborhood in July. Last week, Fox News retracted a thinly sourced story linking the slain former DNC staffer to WikiLeaks. The news organization also removed the story from its website. 

Hannity?s insistence on addressing the conspiracy theory caused some advertisers to pull their spots from his show. 

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Transgender Teen Wins Landmark Ruling Over Right To Use Boys Bathroom

A federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday that a transgender high school student in Wisconsin has both a constitutional and statutory right to use the bathroom that aligns with his gender identity.

The ruling, by the U.S. Court of Appeals for 7th Circuit in Chicago, is the first of its kind and could open the door for other courts ? and eventually, the U.S. Supreme Court ? to find that both the Constitution and federal law protect trans students from school-based discrimination.

The court described the ordeal of Ashton ?Ash? Whitaker, the teen at the center of the case, as that of ?a 17-year?old high school senior who has what would seem like a simple request: to use the boys? restroom while at school.?

With his mother?s support, Whitaker had sued his school district, the Kenosha Unified School District, after he was barred from using the facilities other boys used and was relegated instead to the girls? restroom or a gender-neutral bathroom in the main office.

This singling out, Whitaker?s lawsuit maintained, violated both the constitutional guarantee of equality and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which forbids sex discrimination by school entities receiving federal funding. The 7th Circuit agreed with both claims and upheld an injunction that directed the school to accommodate the student.

?Here, the School District?s policy cannot be stated without referencing sex, as the School District decides which bathroom a student may use based upon the sex listed on the student?s birth certificate,? wrote U.S. Circuit Judge Ann Claire Williams for a three-judge panel. ?This policy is inherently based upon a sex?classification and heightened review applies.?

That language matters, because it could prove persuasive to other appeals courts considering whether existing law treats gender identity as a protected category in the school context, said Joe Wardenski, a member of the legal team representing Whitaker.

The ruling ?is the first federal appeals court to decisively hold that that both Title IX and the 14th Amendment provide protections to transgender students,? Wardenski said.

As timing would have it, the 7th Circuit ? which covers the states of Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana ? heard oral arguments in the dispute only weeks after the Supreme Court punted on the case of Gavin Grimm, a Virginia teen who was hoping to convince the justices that federal law as interpreted by the Obama administration already forbids school officials from discriminating against transgender students.

The election of President Donald Trump, however, changed the legal landscape, and both the departments of Justice and Education ? which had previously supported Grimm?s case and were responsible for pro-trans directives issued nationwide ? rolled back the prior administration?s view of what accommodations Title IX requires.

That change in positions led the Supreme Court to duck the issue altogether, leaving plaintiffs like Whitaker and Grimm to argue that Title IX itself ? which doesn?t expressly cover gender identity ? nonetheless covers claims of ?sex? stereotyping against trans students.

The 7th Circuit embraced that approach in Tuesday?s ruling, suggesting that because ?a transgender individual does not conform to the sex?based stereotypes of the sex that he or she was assigned at birth,? it?s unlawful to stigmatize a student based those stereotypes.

?A policy that requires an individual to use a bathroom that does not conform with his or her gender identity punishes that individual for his or her gender non?conformance, which in turn violates Title IX,? Judge Williams wrote.

The ruling in favor of Whitaker arrives less than two months since the full 7th Circuit ruled in another watershed case that federal employment law forbids discrimination against gays and lesbians in the workplace.

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This Indonesian All-Girl Heavy Metal Band Is Many Kinds Of Awesome

With their heads covered with Islamic headscarves, the three members of the Indonesian band VoB (?Voice of Baceprot? or ?Noisy Voice?) do not look like your typical heavy metal group.

Formed in 2014, the band of teenagers met at school in Indonesia?s most populous province of West Java, and use their music to combat the stereotype of Muslim women as submissive or voiceless.

Wearing a hijab, or Islamic head scarf, should not be a barrier to the group?s pursuit of its dream of being heavy metal stars, said Firdda Kurnia, 16, who plays guitar and sings.

?I think gender equality should be supported, because I feel I am still exploring my creativity, while at the same time, not diminishing my obligations as a Muslim woman,? she added. 

Invited to perform at a recent graduation ceremony at another school, the trio quickly had fans dancing and head-banging at the front of the stage.

?I don?t see anything wrong with it,? said one fan who attended, Teti Putriwulandari Sari. ?There?s no law that bars hijab-wearing women from playing hardcore music.

?This also relates to human rights. If a Muslim girl has a talent to play the drums or a guitar, should she not be allowed??

Besides covering classics by groups such as Metallica and Slipknot, the band perform their own songs on issues such as the state of education in Indonesia.

Muslims make up nearly 90 percent of a population of 250 million, the vast majority practising a moderate form of Islam, although there are some conservative strongholds.

Not everyone in the town of Garut, where the band was formed, and which is home to several Islamic schools, feels the community is ready for them, or that their music is appropriate for performance by young Muslim women.

?It is unusual to see a group of hijab-wearing girls playing metal music or even women shouting,? said Muhammad Sholeh, a teacher at the town?s Cipari Islamic boarding school, adding that religious pop music was popular with many young Muslims.

?But we?re talking about metal here, which is loud.?

Maudya Mulyawati, a student at the school, felt the band should focus on singing ?Salawat?, an invocation to the religion?s founder, Prophet Mohammad.

An official of a top clerical body said although the group might trigger a culture clash in a conservative area, he did not feel it broke with Islamic values.

?I see this as part of the creativity of teenagers,? added Nur Khamim Djuremi, secretary general of the Islamic Art and Culture Division of Indonesia?s Ulema Council.

 

(Writing by Ed Davies; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)

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2 Men Killed On Portland Train After Trying To Stop Anti-Muslim Rant, Police Say

Two men are being hailed as heroes after they were killed while trying to stop a man from abusing two women on a train in Portland, Oregon, because they appeared to be Muslim.

Jeremy Joseph Christian, 35, of North Portland, allegedly attacked the men on a MAX train at the Hollywood Transit Station at 4:30 p.m. Friday. He was charged with two counts of aggravated murder over the incident, which occurred hours before the start of the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan.

Witnesses said at least one of the women the suspect targeted was wearing a hijab, and it appeared the abuse was religiously and racially motivated. Christian is known to locals and authorities as an active white supremacist.

?He said, ?Get off the bus, and get out of the country because you don?t pay taxes here,?? Evelin Hernandez, a passenger on the train, told KATU-TV.

Three men intervened amid the suspect?s ?ranting and raving,? Portland police spokesman Pete Simpson said during a news conference. ?They were attacked viciously by the suspect.?

He?s always been spouting anti-establishment stuff but he?s a nice person I just can?t imagine.?
Mary Christian, the suspect’s mother

A GoFundMe page was set up by a Portland-area business owner to help support the families of the ?Tri Met Heroes.?

The suspect?s mother, Mary Christian, told HuffPost early Saturday that she had no idea that her son might have been involved.

?It?s scary,? she said. ?I can?t imagine he would do anything like this, unless he was on drugs or something. He?s been in prison, he?s always been spouting anti-establishment stuff but he?s a nice person I just can?t imagine.?

Police said one of the men who intervened died on the train. The other died later in hospital, while the third man was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Officers detained Christian soon after he got off the train, police said. They were unable to interview the women, however, as they?d already left the area.

Police booked Christian into the Multnomah County Jail early Saturday. Along with the aggravated murder charges, he faces two counts of intimidation in the second degree, one of attempted murder and one count of being a felon in possession of a restricted weapon.

Christian has previously been convicted for felony robbery, kidnapping and possession of weapons. He will be arraigned in Multnomah County Court on Monday, where he may face additional charges, authorities say.

His ties to white supremacy include attending local rallies, according to authorities. On April 29, police confiscated a baseball bat from him at a ?March for Free Speech? rally, after which he screamed racial epithets and gave the Nazi salute throughout the day, the Portland Mercury reports.

The Willamette Week identified him as being the man in the American flag in the below video:

Police said they were familiar with Christian but they did not see him as a threat to public safety, adding that he suffered from mental illness. His mother told HuffPost that she didn?t believe he was mentally ill.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations issued a statement in response to the attack Friday calling on President Donald Trump to speak out against anti-Muslim incidents, which it said had increased more than 50 percent in the U.S. from 2015 to 2016.

?President Trump must speak out personally against the rising tide of Islamophobia and other forms of bigotry and racism in our nation that he has provoked through his numerous statements, policies and appointments that have negatively impacted minority communities,? said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. 

?Only a strong statement from the nation?s leader will send a message to bigots that such acts of violence targeting racial, ethnic or religious minorities are unacceptable.?

Trump?s administration may be moving in the opposite direction on white nationalism, however. Muslim advocacy groups and a program that works to rehabilitate neo-Nazis may lose funding if Trump narrows the focus of the Countering Violent Extremism grant program to Islamic extremism. As it stood under the Obama administration, groups dedicated to help combat Islamophobia and other hate group at home shared millions in funding, alongside groups that deterred recruitment by Islamic terrorist groups.

TriMet, the transit provider in the Portland region, confirmed there would be delays following the incident and issued messages of condolences over the deaths:

Police said the Oregon State Medical Examiner would conduct autopsies on the two men on Saturday morning. They will release the names of the three victims soon after, they added.

This article has been updated throughout.

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