Patriot Prayer is the second main group rallying today in #PDX. Here’s some background on the group and their leader.
Patriot Prayer is a far-right group based in the Pacific Northwest. It has organized a series of protests in established centers of liberal politics, all with the intent of attempting to provoke a violent response from far-left antifascists.…
The group was founded by Joey Gibson in 2016 to counter allegedly rampant street violence against Trump supporters. Left-wing protesters, Gibson said in a recent speech, “are literally foaming at the mouth with pure hatred toward us, and it is spiritual.”
Gibson is a candidate for U.S. Senate in his home state of Washington. He confirmed his support of SPLC-designated hate group the Proud Boys at a campaign rally on May 1, saying: “I will never turn my back on you.”…
While Gibson has claimed his rallies are simply a celebration of “freedom and God” — his Patriot Prayer members dropped the pretense at a June rally.…
At that rally, Gibson’s right-hand man, Proud Boy Tusitala “Tiny” Toese, told rallygoers to prepare for a “physical fight, whatever kind of fight — we’re coming…and we’re gonna raise hell.”…
Today will likely be no different. While Gibson said he will not attend the rally armed, he has made explicit Patriot Prayer’s intention to be armed. “We’ve always had guns at the rally,” he said. “Everyone should be carrying around guns at all times.”…
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