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Joey Gibson
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Personal details
Born1983/1984 (age 35–36)
Camas, Washington
Political partyRepublican
Alma materCentral Washington University
Known forPatriot Prayer

Joseph Gibson (born c. 1983–84) is an American far-right[1] political activist. He is the founder of Patriot Prayer, a group which has organized protests in Portland, Oregon, and other cities.[2]


Gibson founded the far-right[3] group Patriot Prayer in 2016.[4][5]

On February 25, 2018, Gibson announced that he would be running as a Republican in the 2018 election for the United States Senate seat from Washington, seeking to unseat incumbent Democrat Maria Cantwell.[6] Gibson was defeated in the primary election, receiving only 2.3% of the votes cast.[7][8]

Gibson describes himself politically as a "moderate libertarian",[9][10] but his organization has been described in the media as "alt-right".[11][12] Gibson denies that his group is alt-right, and has disavowed white supremacists[13][14][15][16] who frequently appear at his events.[17]

Gibson supports a pathway to citizenship for non-criminal illegal immigrants. He supports decriminalization of marijuana, and same-sex marriage.[18] 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.[19] He opposes what he describes as undue influence of the pharmaceutical industry on healthcare in the United States.[14]

During a March 2018 campaign rally in Spokane Valley, Washington, Gibson expressed opposition to Antifa, a group that frequently protests at his events, and said regarding white nationalists, "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."[20] 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.[19][21]

The Proud Boys, a far-right group,[22] have also been present at several of Gibson's events.[23][24][25]

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. The Portland Police Bureau announced that they were beginning an investigating into the relationship between the office and Gibson.[26]

In August 2019, Gibson, along with five other far-right extremists, was arrested for his actions in connection with a riot that took place in Portland on May 1. As a result of the riot, which took place outside a cidery, a woman was beaten unconscious and had her vertebrae broken.[27][28][29] He was indicted for felony riot by the Multnomah County District Attorney on August 15.[30] The owner of the business has also sued Gibson and associates for $1 million for their actions.[31]

Personal life

Gibson resides in Vancouver, Washington.[32] He was born in Camas, Washington, and is of Irish and Japanese descent.[33][34] Gibson is married to Haley Gibson.[35]


  1. ^ Wilson, Jason (June 3, 2018). "How a gun-carrying, far-right activist plots a run at the US Senate". the Guardian. Retrieved August 7, 2018.
  2. ^ Shepherd, Katie (July 2, 2017). "Joey Gibson aims to 'liberate conservatives' via his Patriot Prayer group". The Columbian.
  3. ^ "Patriot Prayer Is Recruiting Out-Of-Town Far-Right Activists—and Alex Jones—to Protest In Portland On August 4". Willamette Week. Retrieved 2018-08-07.
  4. ^ May, Patrick (August 23, 2017). "Who's behind this weekend's right-wing rally at Crissy Field?". Mercury News. Retrieved September 25, 2017.
  5. ^ "San Francisco shuts down 'Patriot Prayer' rally by walling off city park". Fox News. Associated Press. August 26, 2017. Retrieved September 24, 2017.
  6. ^ "Patriot Prayer leader Joey Gibson plans U.S. Senate run in Washington". The Oregonian. 2018-02-26.
  7. ^ "Washington Primary Election Results". Washington Post. 2018-08-24.
  8. ^ Camden, Jim (August 8, 2018). "Cantwell tops U.S. Senate field, faces Hutchison in November". The Spokesman-Review. Retrieved October 27, 2018.
  9. ^ "A Beating in Berkeley". The Weekly Standard. 2017-09-11.
  10. ^ "Report: Patriot Prayer founder Joey Gibson to run for Senate". KGW. February 25, 2018. Retrieved February 26, 2018.
  11. ^ "Leader of Patriot Prayer promises rally, march Tuesday in Berkeley". The San Jose Mercury-News. 2017-09-25.
  12. ^ "Alt-right Rally: San Francisco Dog Owners to Cover Site with Dog Poop in Counterprotest". Newsweek. 2017-08-25.
  13. ^ Vercammen, Paul (5 June 2017). "14 arrested as the many extremes of Portland collide in protest". CNN. Retrieved 23 September 2017.
  14. ^ a b Matarrese, Andy (February 25, 2018). "Patriot Prayer leader Gibson announces Senate run against Cantwell". The Spokesman-Review. Retrieved February 26, 2018.
  15. ^ "Photos show OSU student govt. rep making Nazi salute, waving swastika flag". Retrieved 2018-02-28.
  16. ^ "Patriot Prayer whips up anger in Seattle, but not much of a crowd". Southern Poverty Law Center. Retrieved 2018-02-27.
  17. ^ ""Patriot" Rally Trolls Portland's Left for Violence, But Only Smatterings Occur". Southern Poverty Law Center. Retrieved 2018-02-28.
  18. ^ Dixon Kavanaugh, Shane (February 25, 2018). "Patriot Prayer leader Joey Gibson plans U.S. Senate run in Washington". The Oregonian. Retrieved February 26, 2018.
  19. ^ a b Herzog, Katie (February 26, 2018). "Patriot Prayer's Joey Gibson is Running for Senate". The Stranger. Retrieved February 26, 2018.
  20. ^ Hammer, Hawk (March 26, 2018). "US senate candidate Joey Gibson holds rally in Spokane amid counter protests". KXLY-TV. Retrieved April 8, 2018.
  21. ^ Walters, Daniel (March 23, 2018). "US Senate candidate Joey Gibson, magnet for the violent alt-right, is holding a rally in Spokane Valley on Sunday". The Inlander. Retrieved April 8, 2018.
  22. ^ "PROUD BOYS". Southern Poverty Law Center. Retrieved 27 February 2018.
  23. ^ Williams, Anna. "Brawlt-right: Antifa squares off against skinhead, Proud Boy rally". PSU Vanguard. Portland State University. Retrieved 27 February 2018.
  24. ^ Graham, Natalie; Hsieh, Steven. "Police Made Five Arrests and Deployed Pepper Spray at the UW Patriot Prayer Rally". SLOG. The Stranger. Retrieved 27 February 2018.
  25. ^ Fairbanks, Phillip. "In The Wake Of Charlottesville Patriot Prayer, Proud Boys Marked White Supremacist Hate Groups". Inquisitr. Inquisitr. Retrieved 27 February 2018.
  26. ^ Weill, Kelly (February 15, 2019) "Antifa: Portland Police 'Protect White Supremacy' by Passing Intel to Patriot Prayer" The Daily Beast
  27. ^ Weill, Kelly (August 16, 2019) "Portland’s Feared Far-Right Rally Hit by Multiple Setbacks" The Daily Beast
  28. ^ Shepherd, Katie (August 15, 2019) "As Arrests Mount, At Least One Far-Right Paramilitary Group Has Bailed Out of the Aug. 17 Rally in Portland" Willamette Week
  29. ^ Shepherd, Katie (August 15, 2019) "Patriot Prayer Leader Joey Gibson Will Face Criminal Charges In May Day Riot, His Lawyer Says" Willamette Week
  30. ^ Powell, Meerah (August 15, 2019) "Criminal Rioting Charges Filed Against Joey Gibson Of Patriot Prayer" OPB Radio
  31. ^ Jim Ryan, et al. "Joey Gibson faces felony charge in fight at NE Portland’s Cider Riot, preparing to turn self in", The Oregonian (August 15, 2019)
  32. ^ Brown, Doug (December 12, 2017). ""Proud Boys" Founder Wants to "Trigger the Entire State of Oregon" by Helping Patriot Prayer's Joey Gibson win the Oregon Person of the Year Poll (Updated)". Portland Mercury. Retrieved January 17, 2018.
  33. ^ Fowler, Lilly (August 25, 2017). "Patriot Prayer leader dislikes racists, but they seem to hear a whistle". Retrieved January 17, 2018.
  34. ^ "San Francisco shuts down 'Patriot Prayer' rally by walling off city park". Fox News. Associated Press. August 26, 2017. Retrieved September 24, 2017.
  35. ^ May, Patrick (August 23, 2017). ""Who's behind this weekend's right-wing rally at Crissy Field?"". Mercury News.