Dan Rather, the former CBS news anchor, urged President Donald Trump to mention the names of two who were killed Friday in Portland, Ore., after defending two women that police said were the target of an anti-Muslim rant.
"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," Rather wrote Sunday on Facebook.
"I wish we would hear you say those 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," Rather wrote.
On Monday, Trump condemned the attacks in a post from the official POTUS Twitter account.
Addressing Trump, Rather said, "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."
The attack occurred Friday on a Portland MAX train, when a man yelled racial slurs at two women, one of whom was wearing a hijab. Some men attempted to intervene, and the suspect turned on them. One died on the train, the second at a hospital, according to The Oregonian.
Jeremy Joseph Christian, the suspect, has a criminal record that includes felony robbery, kidnapping and weapon convictions, The Oregonian's report said.
A third man, Micah David-Cole Fletcher, was injured in the attack and is hospitalized.
Rather said in his Facebook post that Trump may not consider Portland a priority, noting that it is "a rather liberal place." However, he said, "It is still an American city. And you are its President. Two Americans have died leaving family and friends behind … I hope you can find it worthy of your time to take notice."
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