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The Northwest has a rich history of organized white racism dating more than three decades, but the man accused of an anti-Muslim outburst that led to the killing of two passengers on an Oregon train last week doesn’t appear connected to the groups that have made the region their home.

Heidi Beirich, director of the Intelligence Project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors hate groups, told NBC News on Sunday that the suspect, Jeremy Joseph Christian, 35, seemed closer in profile to the people involved in the slew of racist or allegedly racist incidents apparently triggered by the campaign and election of President Donald Trump.

“A lot of people popped out of the woodwork to involve themselves in bias incidents,” she said. “They got set off by the rhetoric.”

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Image: Jeremy Joseph ChristianJeremy Joseph Christian at a ‘free speech’ rally in Portland, Oregon, on April 29. Oregon Liberty Activists

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