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"You've got no safe place!" and "Death to the enemies of America!" One of his requests - asking federal authorities to revoke permits for scheduled alt-right rallies in OR - got pushback from the American Civil Liberties Union and one Republican who suggested using militia groups to offer protection for the rallies. This is America. Get out if you don't like free speech.

The man police say fatally stabbed two other men who tried to shield young women from an anti-Muslim tirade on a Portland, Oregon, light-rail train makes his initial court appearance Monday and the city's mayor says he hopes the slayings will inspire "changes in the political dialogue in this country".

Court documents allege Christian was drinking alcohol when he verbally accosted to girls on the train.

Christian's disturbing statements didn't end with the anti-Muslim rant he delivered on the train.

A probable cause affidavit says 35-year-old Christian can be heard on video surveillance saying he stabbed three people in the neck. Ricky John Best, 53, of Happy Valley, Ore., and Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, 23, of Southeast Portland were stabbed to death.

Micah Fletcher, 21, who was stabbed in the Friday attack on the MAX train said in a video posted Wednesday on Facebook that he is grateful for all the support but "they got hurt, too".

His next court date is June 7, and a Multnomah County grand jury will determine whether to bring more charges.

"I just want to say thank you to the people who put their life on the line for me", Mangum told CNN affiliate KPTV, her voice cracking.

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Simpson says police also are investigating an incident that day involving Christian and a black woman on the train but didn't immediately respond to emails seeking additional details.

While Magnum and her friend moved to the back of the train auto, Best, Namkai-Meche, and Fletcher started arguing with Christian. "He threatened me and tons of people", Gibson said.

The defendent told police that he has no mental health issues, no income and can not recall the last time he had a permanent address.

The friend, who identified himself as Jamie, said he had known Christian for 15 years and they were both homeless.

Friday's stabbing attack came as some religious rights groups warn of a rising tide of anti-Islamic sentiment in the United States, blaming President Donald Trump for divisive anti-Muslim rhetoric.

She said the girls tried to move away from Christian on the train, and he pursued. Noting that she herself is not Muslim, she said "they lost their lives because of me and my friend and the way we look". "The victims were standing up to hate and intolerance", he tweeted Monday - was welcome and needed.

Christian's criminal records also showed a number of felonies dating back to 2002, including first-degree robbery and second-degree kidnapping.