“Everyone here remembers him,” one vendor told the Mercury on Sunday morning, indicating there was pressure not to talk about it.
Christian, according to a half-dozen vendors, was a regular fixture of an ongoing point of tension at Portland’s long-running weekend marketplace. Each week, while sanctioned booths set up in neat rows, a contingent of unlicensed vendors collects near the fountain, peddling glass pipes, ornate crafts, and, in Christian’s case, comic books….
“Last time I saw him, he was just really angry,” the vendor said. “The energy was just really out of whack.”
Before he could say more, another vendor came over and asked the man if he was talking about “the comic book guy.” This vendor, who wouldn’t give his name, was freaked out, and warned the first man not to speak.
“You don’t know who that man is,” he said, suggesting Christian might have friends nearby and labeling him a nihilist. “That is not just one man.”
…”I had not noticed him ever causing a disturbance until last Saturday when he posted up at the light pole 10 feet from my booth,” she wrote. “He struck up a conversation with a man (an African American man which is interesting as he apparently is a vocal white supremacist) and proceeded to rant loudly and swear for over an hour. From what I had to listen to, his politics were all over the place. I could swear that at times he claimed he would have voted for Bernie. He did not seem angry at the other man (who replied to rants at normal volume) or necessarily dangerous, just extremely angry in general.””
Christian’s Facebook page stated that he couldn’t vote for Trump, liked Bernie and eventually voted for the Green Party candidate.
I think the guy was not motivated by any political party. Probably just another sad, emotionally disturbed, confused and desperate soul.