Joey Gibson (political activist)
Gibson in 2017 at a Patriot Prayer event
|Born||November 8, 1983|
|Alma mater||Central Washington University|
|Known for||Founder of Patriot Prayer|
Joseph Owan Gibson (born November 8, 1983) is an American right-wing activist and the founder of the far-right group Patriot Prayer which has organized protests in Portland, Oregon, and other cities.
On February 25, 2018, Gibson announced that he would be running as a Republican in the 2018 United States Senate election in Washington, seeking to unseat incumbent Democrat Maria Cantwell. Gibson was defeated in the primary election, receiving only 2.3% of the votes cast.
During a March 2018, campaign rally in Spokane Valley, Washington, Gibson expressed opposition to antifa, a group that frequently protests at his events, stating regarding white nationalists that "I would say the same thing to them that I would say to any black nationalist or Mexican nationalists [sic] group, we have to drop the identity of politics and focus on what is on the inside." He has said freedom of speech is a central element to his platform. Gibson's views have been described as "a complicated muddle" by the Inlander and "basically Alex Jones meets Bernie Sanders" by The Stranger. The Proud Boys, another far-right group, have also been present at several of Gibson's events.
In February 2019, Willamette Week reported that a Portland police lieutenant kept in close touch with Gibson, passing on to him intelligence about the anti-fascist movement in the city. He also advised Gibson on how a Patriot Prayer member could avoid being arrested. Portland's Independent Police Review investigated and cleared the officer because he was gathering information on the groups and trying to defuse potential clashes with his advice.
May Day riot
Gibson was one of six men accused of inciting a riot between Patriot Prayer and antifa on May Day 2019 in Northeast Portland outside of the bar Cider Riot. He was indicted for felony riot by the Multnomah County District Attorney on August 15, 2019. Gibson pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The Oregonian reported "a Portland police detective said Gibson could be seen in a video "taunting" and threatening members of antifa and later "physically pushing" a woman before she was hit with a baton and knocked unconscious by someone else." During the brawl, the woman had her vertebrae broken. Cider Riot's owner sued Gibson and associates for $1 million for their actions. A Navy veteran, who had infiltrated Patriot Prayer and took videos of the violence at their rallies, was expected to testify at Gibson's trial, scheduled for October 26, 2020.
On September 4, 2020 Facebook removed Gibson's page (along with the page for Patriot Prayer) as part of their "ongoing efforts to remove violent social militias from our platforms". The company's action followed escalating tensions related to protests in Portland, Oregon, as the city continued to experience demonstrations related to the May 2020 killing of George Floyd.
On September 11, 2020, Gibson filed a federal lawsuit against Multnomah county's district attorney, alleging selective prosecution based on political beliefs.
Gibson describes himself politically as a "moderate libertarian", but his organization has been described in the media as "alt-right". Gibson denies that his group is alt-right, and has disavowed white supremacists who frequently appear at his events. The Anti-Defamation League describes his views as appearing to be alt-lite.
Gibson supports a pathway to citizenship for non-criminal illegal immigrants. He supports decriminalization of marijuana, and same-sex marriage. Gibson advocates for establishment of term limits for the U.S. Congress, implementation of a national sales tax, and abolition of the Internal Revenue Service. He opposes what he describes as undue influence of the pharmaceutical industry on healthcare in the United States.
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- "Photos show OSU student govt. rep making Nazi salute, waving swastika flag". OregonLive.com. Retrieved February 28, 2018.
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