President Trump's belated message of condolence to the victims of the Portland hate crime came two full days after the attack. But for the mother of Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche — who tried to intervene as a man verbally attacked two young women with anti-Muslim comments and was fatally stabbed — that was not enough. The Portland hero's mom wrote an open letter to Trump urging him to do more to condemn hate speech and violence against minorities.
"You have said that you will be President for all Americans," wrote Asha Deliverance, Namkai-Meche's mother. "So, I ask you Mr. President to take action at this time. ... Please condemn any acts of violence, which result directly from hate speech and hate groups."
Namkai-Meche was one of three men stabbed in the neck by an alleged white supremacist while condemning his verbal abuse of two teenagers on the train, one of whom was wearing a hijab. Namkai-Meche and Army veteran Ricky John Best both died of their injuries, while Micah David-Cole Fletcher remains hospitalized for his wounds.
The Portland stabbing continues an alarming trend of violence against minorities that has increased since Trump was elected in November. In the past, Trump has failed to condemn white supremacist groups, and many had hoped that the president would finally do so, following the Portland incident.
You can read the full open letter here.
In the last moments of his life, Namkai-Meche stood up for love and justice. While succumbing to his injuries on the train after being stabbed in the neck, he reportedly told a bystander to "tell everyone on the train I love them."