Portland stabbing suspect: "You call it terrorism. I call it patriotism!"

Jeremy Joseph Christian called for the death of anti-fascism, as more about his history comes to light

Published May 31, 2017 7:57AM (EDT)

 (AP/Beth Nakamura)
(AP/Beth Nakamura)

Jeremy Joseph Christian, the white supremacist who is accused of stabbing three people on a Portland light-rail train — killing two of them — had a range of extremist political views.

As USA Today reports, he immediately began proclaiming some of them when appearing at a court on Tuesday.

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"Death to the enemies of America. Leave this country if you hate our freedom," Christian is reported to have yelled. "Death to antifa! (anti-fascism). You call it terrorism. I call it patriotism! You hear me? Die."

These rantings are similar to what Christian is reported to have shouted during the train attacks, including "Go home. We need American here," "I don't care if you are ISIS," and "Free speech or die."

Prior to his attacks against the three train passengers, Christian was perhaps best known for his participation in an April "Free Speech" march in Portland. While there, Christian is reported to have chanted the N-word while draping himself in an American flag. He also posted a Facebook video at the time which showed himself performing a Nazi salute. Underneath the photograph, Christian wrote, "I am White and a Nationalist for Vinland."

Christian's other views include misogyny and transphobia. He once promised that if President Donald Trump proved to be another Hitler, "I am joining his SS to put an end to Monotheist Question."

Conservatives like Tucker Carlson were quick to point out that "he actually backed Jill Stein and Bernie Sanders in the 2016 race," but this obscures the fact that he made a death threat against Hillary Clinton on his Facebook page on the same day as he posted his pro-Trump-as-Hitler comment.

By Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a professional writer whose work has appeared in multiple national media outlets since 2012 and exclusively at Salon since 2016. He specializes in covering science, health and history, and is particularly passionate about climate change, animal science, disability rights, plastic pollution and the intersections between science and politics. He has interviewed many prominent figures including former President Jimmy Carter, former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, animal scientist and activist Temple Grandin, inventor Ernő Rubik, mRNA vaccine pioneer Katalin Karikó, actor George Takei, and right-wing insurrectionist Roger Stone.

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