SAY THEIR NAMES: Dan Rather Calls On Trump To Recognize Oregon Men Murdered By White Supremacist

Last night veteran newsman Dan Rather called on Trump to publicly recognize the two Oregon men who were stabbed to death by a white supremacist after they stepped in to defend two Muslim girls from his screaming tirade. Rather writes:

Dear President Trump, Their names were Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche and Ricky John Best. One was a recent college graduate. The other was an army veteran and father of four. I wish we would hear you say these names, or even just tweet them. They were brave Americans who died at the hands of someone who, when all the facts are collected, we may have every right to call a terrorist. A third brave man, Micah David-Cole Fletcher, was wounded in the knife attack.

This story may not neatly fit into a narrative you pushed on the campaign trail and that has followed you into the White House. They were not killed by an undocumented immigrant or a “radical Islamic terrorist.” They were killed in an act of civic love, facing down a man allegedly spewing hate speech directed at two teenage girls, one of whom was wearing a hijab. That man seems to have a public record of “extremist ideology” – a term issued by the Portland Police Bureau.

This “extremism” may be of a different type than gets most of your attention, or even the attention in the press. But that doesn’t make it any less serious, or deadly. And this kind of “extremism” is on the rise, especially in the wake of your political ascendency. Most people who study these sorts of things do not think that is a coincidence. I do not blame you directly for this incident. Nor do I think other people should. But what a President says, who he has around him, and the tone he sets can set the tone for the nation at large.

Perhaps Portland, Oregon is off your radar. It is, after all, a rather liberal place. It’s even a “sanctuary city.” But it is still an American city. And you are its President. Two Americans have died leaving family and friends behind. They are mourned by millions more who are also deeply worried about what might come next. I hope you can find it worthy of your time to take notice.

Online fundraisers for the victims’ families have raised nearly $800,000 in two days.

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    Trump won’t say anything. He’s been busy fanning the flames of hate, firing up the unstable racists and encouraging violence. Trump’s tiny hands are dripping in blood.

    • David Walker

      Remember the hate and disdain and bile that would follow President Obama’s statements of condolence?

  • kmcdevitt

    I’d rather he didn’t. It’s more honest; he just doesn’t care. The more reminders of everything and everyone this creature doesn’t care about, the better. It wouldn’t mean anything, anyway…

    • M Jackson

      Just saying their names, he would fuck it up.

      • McSwagg

        And insult them by saying something like “What kind of names are these?” It’s better he just remain callous by staying quiet.

        • M Jackson
          • Treant

            You can see by the look on his face he has no idea what’s going on and was just trying to head for someplace he felt safe.

            But this is somehow acceptable to the Republicans and his cabinet.

          • Oh’behr in Minnesota

            Holding Red Elmo doll in the closet of the 747.

      • kmcdevitt

        Can you imagine him managing to even pronounce “Taliesin?”

        • Bluto

          tal-E-es-in – if memory serves correctly it’s Welsh for “shining brow”. Frank Lloyd Wright named his Wisconsin home this.

          • kmcdevitt

            Well, yes, but we aren’t the ones with the problem.

          • McSwagg

            Correct. Now try Myrddin. I think it’s pronounce MEER-thin (with the ‘th’ as in ‘the’).

          • Oh’behr in Minnesota

            Wisconsin and Arizona
            http://franklloydwright.org/taliesin-west/

            Taliesin West is a National Historic Landmark nestled in the desert foothills of the McDowell Mountains in Scottsdale, AZ. It is also the home of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and Taliesin, the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture.

            Wright’s beloved winter home and the bustling headquarters of the Taliesin Fellowship, was established in 1937 …

          • Jerry

            Legendary Welsh bard in 6th century, who served at the court of three Celtic kings.

          • ColdCountry

            Thank you. I couldn’t begin to guess.

  • glad to see the fundraising total. it won’t bring them back or stop the pain the families are feeling, but at least they will have a measure of security for a time.

    and sorry Dan, but i DO blame the traitor. his rhetoric is what empowers domestic terrorists to act in this way, and his obvious contempt for Muslims only encourages the haters. you’re a gentleman and i respect your point, but don’t agree with that part of an otherwise awesome letter (that the traitor will totally ignore).

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    What Dreaming and kmcdevitt said. His speaking about this would ring hollow and would do nothing but insult their memory. Better he remain silent; which for him would be a first.

  • popebuck1

    What’s he supposed to say, exactly? “I’m sorry this violent extremist misinterpreted my message of hate and fear towards brown people and Muslims”?

    Face facts. He’s on their side. Nazis and white supremacists are running our government.

    • Blake Jordan

      Donnie would blame the Muslim women for triggering the terrorist, and therefore costing two (white) men their lives…

      • clay

        Piling on to their survivors’ guilt.

    • Gianni

      If our dearest Donald ever, ever, ever even hints at the least bit of responsibility for stirring the pot of animosity and hatred that is laying like a blanket over our country, please, let me know. I’ll start believing in miracles!

    • another_steve

      And aside from the Deplorable 40 Percent who hate anyone who doesn’t look and sound just like them, Trump’s theofascist base (largely responsible for his election) hates Muslims.

      Because they worship the wrong god, you see.

      • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

        It’s the same god though so,…

        • another_steve

          Well, you know… religious people of good will and high consciousness recognize that the name(s) of their god(s) are only that. Names.

          In the Daoist classic, the Tao Te Ching, Lao Tsu (the purported author of same) is said to have opined:

          Those who speak do not know; those who know do not speak.

          • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

            I do not concern myself with gods and spirits either good or evil nor do I serve any.

            Lao Tse

            πŸ˜‰

  • bkmn

    That would require being an adult and that is outside of his capabilities.

  • Christopher

    Trump will just say something stupid and offensive.

    He’s incapable of doing anything else.

  • Natty Enquirer

    “Losers. I like who people who weren’t stabbed.”

  • Gigi

    Twittler would have tweeted up a storm if it’d been two “patriots” stabbed to death by a Mexican.

  • marshlc

    He won’t. And Rather doesn’t really want him to.

    This is intended to shame Trump, and while Trump is way beyond shame, not all conservative-minded people are, and they’re the target of this.

  • bkmn
    • Christopher
    • ColdCountry

      Too bad she didn’t use a pic of Arlington, rather than a cemetery in Normandy. But I totally agree with the message.

      • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

        No matter where, they’re dead and died serving the ideal of freedom. That’s why I’ll never understand why some denigrate the idealist.

    • popebuck1

      I especially want to honor those who gave their lives in Europe fighting Nazism, and in Korea and Vietnam fighting Russian/Soviet expansionism. May their souls rise up in vengeance, to torment the dreams of those who would throw away their sacrifice.

      • bkmn

        Well said.

  • BrandySpears
    • That_Looks_Delicious

      This might explain part of why Bernie did so well in caucuses in little states that are >95% white and not so well in the primaries of more diverse states. While that faction was definitely always there in the BoB’s -and the Kremlin definitely targeted them and exploited them-, I don’t think it’s representative of Bernie supporters as a whole.

      • -M-

        Related:
        So apparently Oregon had a no Blacks policy when it first became a state. Its racial history as a territory and as a state is part of the reason its population is still overwhelmingly white. Which helps account for both its attraction for white-supremacist types and the easy acceptance of liberal welfare policies.

        *ugh,people*

        • Oh’behr in Minnesota

          Thanks. I thought there was some odd reason Orygun (Oregon natives; how they say Orygun) is so weirdly messed up. It can be so progressive and then so regressive (redneck).

          Besides the drizzle and overcast, I’ve never been keen on Portland since I first went there in the 1970s. I’ve always felt it as a darker sort of place. My gut feeling.

          On a trip about 10 years ago, I learned it was a huge place for white slavery (women) and one of the largest in the USA for shanghaiing men:

          http://portlandtunnels.com/historical-background-of-portlands-shady-past.html

          Anyway, so my gut feeling was not for naught. It only took me several decades to find out why I didn’t like Portland and didn’t want to live there as I didn’t like it energetically.

        • That_Looks_Delicious

          I’ve been to Oregon many times, and I must admit I love it. But I’ve only really been to the wet blue part: Portland, the Williamette Valley (Eugene, Salem, etc.), the Columbia gorge and the coast. I’m told that eastern Oregon is quite dry and red, but I’ve never been.

    • TheSeer

      Trump and Sanders are two sides of the same coin.

      • Craig Howell

        Seek help now.

    • The_Wretched

      Don’t stir up infighting. I see from a brief read of your history that you provoke fights.

      • BrandySpears

        Go put your head back in the sand. Keep it buried.

        • The_Wretched

          Oh yes, that horrible menace that is $15 min wage. And drinkable water. and not getting fleeced by usury. Oh my!

          • BrandySpears

            Pissed that BuzzFeed went through the Bernie OR Bust loons profile and reported his deranged comments? Pity.
            PS: How’s President Bust #45 working out for you?

          • The_Wretched

            I voted for hillary; I’m not morally responsible for Trump. And no, you’re lastwordering, the sign of the troll. I’m also inclined to not repeat my initial comment which is still the most apt reply.

  • That_Looks_Delicious

    Jeremy Christian, the murderer, is the very prototype of the Trump supporter.

    • unsavedheathen

      Mentally deficient, emotionally unstable and physically repulsive?

  • Blake Jordan

    Orange Trash!!!!!
    Flipping off the Italian PM…

    https://twitter.com/politics_pr/status/869021005943013376

    • marshlc

      Hmm, watching this I at first thought, “yeah, yeah, let’s not over reach ourselves here, there’s enough real shit to pile on him, no need to make something up.” And then kept watching and saw his smarmy grin – dammit, that was definitely on purpose.

      The smarmy grin of someone who has been getting away with stupid shit since he was five years old.

    • That_Looks_Delicious
      • shellback

        As many times as I’ve seen this comparison, I never fail to be FUCKING HORRIFIED!

    • Oh’behr in Minnesota

      Oh my, that is so junior high.
      That isn’t even public junior high.
      That is just prep school Trump.

    • Rolf

      Everything about him just makes me want to projectile vomit. Unctuous, self important, pretentious, narcissistic, conscienceless, bombastic, low class, and utterly full of hateful shit.
      He should have been euthanized at birth and his parents sterilized,

    • The_Wretched

      We’ll be lucky to have a country in 6 months. You cannot piss off literally every ally you have an expect your country to come out unscathed.

  • John T

    Conservatives *hate* city employees and hippie Reed College grads. They’re happy about this. They wish the third victim, a social justice poet, had died of his wounds as well. But to their disappointment, he is recovering in the hospital.

  • zhera

    The only way that tRump will mention this is if he needs a new diversion/twitter ‘scandal’, and he says something incredibly tone deaf and racist about the two girls who were harassed. Then he’ll blame ‘fake news’ when it all blows up and he has to defend himself.

  • Lakeview Bob

    I hope Dan Rather does not actually expect the Hair Furor to read his letter. It has more than 10 words.

    • McSwagg

      … and no pictures or bullet points.

      • and it doesn’t mention the traitors name enough.

  • Opinion Sousaphones

    On the upside, the Traitor is nothing but pure filth. He is not a suitable vehicle to say the names of such as Mr. Namkai-Meche and Mr. Best.

  • bambinoitaliano

    Please don’t taint the American heroes by having that disgrace POTUS to utter their names! The current administration has destroyed every ounce of honor and dignity of what is left in the highest office of the country. It no longer represents the core value of the country nor its people. The White House should keep its thoughts and prayers to itself.

    • canoebum

      Worry not. The current occupants of the White House only have thoughts of money and prayers that their crimes remain concealed.

    • hoover2001

      I wish that were the case but we’ve had numerous racist, blood-thirsty monsters as president. Trump is unique because he’s the dumbest, most ignorant person to occupy the White House. That’s saying a lot since the GW regime wasn’t that long ago.

  • netxtown

    Sorry Dan – you’re trying to inject empathy and responsibility into the fat lined corpse of a narcissistic, deranged idiot.

    • Ross

      Actually, Dan is internationally humiliating Trumpy.

      And bravo, I say. Bravo!

  • Oh’behr in Minnesota

    I’m sorry to say it yet I truly believe …

    In his heart Trump is not un-sad these two men got killed.
    It’s two less white people who aren’t against his tirades and cause.

    Getting other white people to get rid of brown and non-Christian people out of the USA. Getting rid of other white people who stand in his way too.

    Trump is for genocide is some form. That is why he doesn’t speak out.

    • Ross

      ..

    • Silver Badger

      What Dobby said

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    • Oh’behr in Minnesota

      … and fuck Montanans for electing the “body slamming choker”.

    • Ninja0980

      With a rusty spear.

  • -M-
    • Dirk Prophet

      Nice.

    • Acronym Jim

      Considering the intent of the original image, that is bloody brilliant.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Treachery_of_Images

      • -M-

        I was impressed. There are multiple images of Trump’s face on Magritte’s non-pipe already, but this twist on that theme is definitely brilliant.

  • JWC

    NoTrump did not commit these acts but his continual rhetoric has definetly enabled this line of thought

  • FAEN

    Not that we haven’t known this since Cheeto was running but he ignores anything that doesn’t fit into his bubble. White Nationalists murdering people or color, liberals and harassing Muslims isn’t an issue with him so he won’t say a word about it.

    The press needs to keep hammering the administration on this but there is a scandal about every 8-12 hours with this lot and no one can keep up it seems.

    And yes, we have a Nazi in the WH. In 2017.

  • sword

    Anything Trump would say now would be meaningless. Equivalent to a politician declaring that they take full responsibility. Translated: “You caught me…now just forget all about it”.

  • Moderate Democratic

    drumpf couldn’t pronounce the first guys name, more than two syllables.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    I can’t comment on these brave men anymore. I’ve already cried a river of tears for them. I’m so pissed off at the President but absolutely not surprised. He’s proud of his murderous White Supremacist whack jobs.

    Also, can someone translate the latest tweet from Hair Furor? I have no idea what it mean.

    https://twitter.com/BikerBecca/status/869209960239865856

    • McSwagg

      I’m just surprised he didn’t spell it “Jina”…

      • Oh’behr in Minnesota

        … or mis-typo it, Vagina.

        • McSwagg

          “Tweeting”, “poking” … there’s not much difference for him.

  • One, even if The Beast said it I wouldn’t listen. No other sound in the world, other than the voice of the Beast, can trigger my homicidal tendencies so instantaneously. I prefer he NOT mention these three heroes – I’d rather not have their names and their deed soiled by the act of dribbling out of it’s mouth. Now, if y’all will excuse me – I WAS having a beautiful morning remembering my dead… now I just want to add to the list. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0574c73fe52fb6fe3bae5fb243b3e4a89ddd5dd0ad38627a0ed895f3bcedd92f.jpg

  • SoCalGal20

    Get this. I guess they got enough complaints that somebody on Trump’s team decided to tweet. But ONLY on the POTUS account, not Trump’s personal account. Not that it matters because talk about the bare minimum.

    https://twitter.com/potus/status/869204433418280961

    • Boreal

      You can tell it was written by someone else with the lack of major spelling and grammatical errors.

      • McSwagg

        That prose is definitely NOT written in dRumpf’s “voice”.

        • Oh’behr in Minnesota

          Exactly. That is not Trumps … nuance, stance, verse, etc.

    • BobSF_94117

      Looks like Ivanka grabbed his phone and locked herself in the bathroom with it.

    • -M-

      That only took THREE DAYS.

  • Friday

    Drumph would mangle the Welsh names anyway. πŸ™‚

  • Gianni

    For heaven’s sake, Dan, let the useless bastard alone. We rarely get any quiet time from him. His speaking about this horrific murder would only taint it with his self-righteousness and would be as hollow as an empty 50-gallon drum and sound like it, too. Not to suggest that such things haven’t happened before, but, Donald himself is directly responsible for inspiring this renewed wave of hateful terror and brutality. “You’re living in Trump world now,” has become a favorite war cry of these sickos. Even a lot of them acknowledge their inspiration.

  • SoCalGal20

    One of the young women these men were protectecting has spoken out. Heartbreaking.

    https://twitter.com/cnn/status/869204408575373312

    • Acronym Jim

      No, Destinee, they didn’t lose their lives because of you; they lost their lives because an evil bigot attacked them for their values. An evil bigot who has been enabled by a few people at the highest levels of the federal government.

  • TheManicMechanic

    This is ALL the fault of Trump. He should be named as an accessory.

    • billbear1961

      Yes, he has definitely acted as a deliberate catalyst.

      To say otherwise is to hide one’s head in the sand.

      And there’s already WAY too much of that in this country!

  • jimbo65

    Fucker always, ALWAYS takes the side of white supremacists. Has no interest in uniting the country whatsoever. If he ever came down hard in condemning these acts it would alienate his snowflake Nazis following.

    • Jerry Kott

      T45’s idea of uniting is shutting up and getting in line.

  • David

    Dumpy say something bad about his white supremacist supporters, and piss of the base of the GOP?
    Ummm. No.

  • sillay talking head on CNN utterly mangled Taliesin to Tal-eesh-en, accent on the alt-syllable. Skipped trying Myrddin as I recall.

    No discussion on who he was named after

  • JCF

    https://i.imgur.com/lbP4iQj.gif

    Ricky & Taliesin: Memory Eternal.

  • Bj Lincoln

    Drumpf hasn’t said a word about these heroes but the first thing he does when he returned from his embarrassment tour of Europe was to praise a politician for assaulting a reporter. Hating reporters and embracing white supremacy are 2 very dangerous things Drumpf supports. Being an extremist, including a white supremacist, is NOT something a President should support or praise.