Democratic Oregon Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and Rep. Earl Blumenauer denounced the fatal stabbing of two men and injury of another that occurred on a commuter train in Portland on Friday. The Two men were killed, according to news reports, after trying to calm a self-proclaimed white supremacist from directing hate speech at two women who appeared to be Muslim.
The suspect, Jeremy Joseph Christian, was booked on Saturday morning in connection to the stabbing.
Wyden weighed in on Saturday:
This horrific killing shocks the senses and must sound the alarm louder than ever about the violence that follows hate speech. https://t.co/seUIAMPeRC
Wyden also held a moment of silence at two of his town hall events.
Merkley called the attack “a stark reminder of the evil of hate.”
Horrific MAX attack was a stark reminder of the evil of hate. No community should have to suffer that evil. It’s up to us to overcome it.
We all stand with our Muslim brothers and sisters who’ve had to face discrimination and fear. This hatred is unacceptable and un-American.
Let’s stand together to defy hate; show that spirit of good Samaritans is stronger than evil; & that compassion, courage & love will prevail