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‘Sieg Heil’ man returns

Regular readers of APIL may recall that a C-Tran Board meeting earlier this month took an uncomfortable turn when a man launched into an impassioned denouncement of an impressive array of topics, including C-Tran, Bus Rapid Transit, TriMet, former Portland Mayor Sam Adams, the Columbia River Crossing and Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt. Not one to be content angrily pointing a finger while talking about the tyranny of the C-Tran board, he capped things off with a “Sieg Heil!” and a Nazi salute.

Subtle!

Anger Management Man, as I’ve dubbed him, made his triumphant return to orating this week at a Board of County Commissioners meeting. While he refrained from any more theatrics — such as, perhaps, goosestepping around the chamber with a hairbrush under his nose singing “Deutschland Uber Alles” — he did pound the table a bunch of times while raising his voice. It’s unclear whether this was a reference to Nikita Khrushchev’s famous United Nations Security Council outburst.

I think he was probably just angry.

I’ve transcribed some of his more memorable remarks.

I’m begging you to save us from these tyrants and idiots that are running Vancouver city and C-Tran. I mean what’s been going on with this transportation has been just the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever seen. Now, if I were in front of C-Tran, I wouldn’t be talking about facts or logic or common sense [writer's note: Because you'd be too busy screaming "SIEG HEIL"?] Because they’ve already heard it, and they don’t care. They’re going to do whatever they want no matter what the citizens say. This is America Goddamn (pounds table) — oh, sorry. This is America, and we shouldn’t have to live under this kind of tyranny.

The man seems convinced that Metro runs TriMet and that Adams was the CRC’s puppet master, so take his remarks with a grain of salt.

Tyler Graf

I started working for The Columbian in 2012 and currently cover Clark County. I'm a 2007 graduate of The University of Oregon. Contact me at tyler.graf@columbian.com

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