Jack Kerwick, TownHall, June 1, 2017
In a recent article on the “white supremacist,” “Islamophobic” “terrorist” attack in Portland that occurred over the Memorial Day weekend courtesy of a “Trump supporter,” I noted that, as of yet, we knew remarkably little of what actually happened.
That is, we knew not nearly enough to substantiate the leftist press’s angle on the events that transpired on a Portland train.
Jeremy Christian went on an “anti-Muslim” rant against two Muslim women, so went the official line. Three men, “heroes” is how they were being described, came to their defense. The men stood up to “racist hate.” For their efforts, the “white supremacist” and “Trump supporter” stabbed them, murdering two of them.
I had questions, but there is one question the answer to which could make all the difference as to whether Christian is guilty or not of murder: In what exactly did the intervention of the good Samaritans consist? If Christian did not pose an imminent bodily threat to anyone, and if the three passengers got up in his face or otherwise aggressed against him, then while their intentions may have been noble, he still could have been justified in thinking that his well-being was imminently imperiled.
The night that my essay was published, an attorney from Portland sent me a copy of the affidavit for this case. It answered some of my inquiries. Additionally, the wording of this legal document confirmed my skepticism concerning the PC template through which the media has labored to process this event.
Media Claim #3: Christian was a “white supremacist” and “Trump supporter.”
FACT: This claim is the most bogus of all. Christian’s Facebook posts leave no doubts as to where his political allegiances lay. He was an enthusiastic Bernie Sanders supporter, one who was all too willing to elect to the presidency the first Jew that would ever occupy that office. Christian despised both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. The former he accused of wanting nothing more than to make America “white again” — a peculiar reason for a “white supremacist” to dislike anyone, much less a man who aspired to assume the power of the American presidency.
It’s a strange sort of “white supremacist” who expressly denies that he’s a “racist,” going so far as to mention that he has non-white family members and threatening to “knock out” anyone who would dare to call him a “racist.”
It’s a strange sort of “white supremacist” who explicitly expresses unqualified “solidarity” with American Indians at Standing Rock and equally unqualified opposition to the Dakota access pipeline.
It’s a strange sort of “white supremacist” who admires Malcolm X, someone who, by Christian’s lights, would have been a true “revolutionary” — unlike Martin Luther King, who he dismissed as a “plagerizing [sic] weak-sauce revolutionary.”
It’s a strange sort of “white supremacist” that despises a presidential candidate (Clinton) for allegedly denying Hispanic “refugees” from Honduras entry into America and allegedly, suppressing “Black Lives Matter Activists.”
It’s a strange sort of “white supremacist” who, in rallying support for Bernie Sanders, writes: “Power to the People!!!” and “End The Prison And Military Industrial Complexes!!!”
It’s a strange sort of “white supremacist” who tries to discourage others from being “Racist” and, instead, encourages them to become “a Misanthrope” (i.e. to hate, not on the basis of race, but universally?).
It’s a strange sort of Trump supporter who endorses the description of Trump supporters as “fascist f**ks,” “Nazis,” and as being as “hateful” and “angry” as their candidate.
It’s a strange sort of Trump supporter that describes Sanders as “the one genuine candidate since Ross Perot and maybe Nader [.]”
It’s a strange sort of Trump supporter that self-describes (after Bernie got railroaded) as “a totally apolitical Born Again Nihilist.”
It’s a strange sort of Trump supporter who invites others to join him “in smashing some Clinton Crime Family and Trump Mafia supporters;” admits that between Clinton and Trump, the former is the candidate who he “hate [s] the least;” and refuses to vote for Trump. On November 11, 2016, Christian posted: “Just want all my FB Peeps to know I could not bring myself to vote Trump like I said I would. I abstained from voting for the first time in my adult life.”
It’s a strange sort of Trump supporter who asks: “Why f**k aren’t we out in the streets demanding a President [Sanders] that has a positive poll rating???”
It’s a strange sort of Trump supporter who says that he “can’t wait for Jeff Sessions to be assassinated for his unamerican hate speech,” and who calls in the same post for the murder of “as many DEA Agents” and “as many BOP Guards in the Federal Prison” as possible.
It’s a strange sort of Trump supporter who had on multiple occasions been ejected from Trump events and who had been reported to the Portland Police by Trump supporters.
The left has been on the hunt for The Great White Oppressor for a long time. The need for a “white terrorist,” and, specifically, a terrorizer of Muslims, was undoubtedly felt all that much more acutely this past week as England fell prey once more to but another Islamic terrorist attack and jihadists in Egypt inaugurated Ramadan with a bang by slaughtering dozens of Christians, including Christian children. So what did the punditry class do?
It invented a “white supremacist/terrorist,” transformed him into a Trump supporter, and created some Muslim victims.
But this meme, like so much else emanating from the left these days, is a lie.
Or maybe it’s just more Fake News.