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In this Jan. 17, 2017 photo, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler speaks during a press conference in Portland, Ore. Wheeler is condemning the actions of some protesters after a May Day march took a violent turn in Portland Monday, May 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

Portland's mayor wants to cancel a 'Trump free speech rally' after the train stabbings


Portland's mayor is calling for the cancellation of a "Trump free speech rally" after the fatal stabbings of two men who confronted a man directing anti-Muslim insults at two women, the Associated Press reported.

Ted Wheeler said that he's worried participants would "peddle a message of hatred."

“I hope we rise to the memory of these two gentlemen who lost their lives,” Wheeler said. “Let’s do them honor by standing with them and carrying on their legacy of standing up to hate and bigotry and violence.”

The Trump free speech rally is set to feature Kyle Chapman, a self-described American nationalist.

"There will be speakers exercising their free speech, live music, flags, and an uplifting experience to bring back strength and courage to those who believe in freedom," according to a rally event page on Facebook. 

Some on social media are confused by the mayor's line of reasoning. 

Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche, 23, and Ricky John Best, 53, were killed and another man was injured on a train on Friday after they attempted to prevent Jeremy Joseph Christian from harassing two women, one of whom was wearing a hijab.

Trump condemned the attack on Twitter on Monday.

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