The leader of Patriot Prayer, Joey Gibson, turned himself in to Portland authorities on Friday, just one day before right wing groups are set to host an “End Domestic Terrorism” rally in the city. Gibson was charged with and arrested for allegedly rioting during the May 1 rally in Portland, Oregon.
“Gibson, who is not involved in this weekend’s event but organized similar rallies in 2017 and 2018 that erupted in clashes, surrendered Friday on an arrest warrant for rioting,” Daily Mail said. “He was at a confrontation that broke out on May 1 outside a bar where members of the so-called ‘antifa’ movement had gathered after a May Day demonstration.”
Gibson streamed on Facebook live before he turned himself in on the bogus charge, and accused the Portland police of playing politics. He also made sure to preach a message of peace at Saturday’s rally.
“What I’m saying to everybody who’s listening to this (is) they’re trying to shut you guys up,” he said. “They want you to not show up in Portland, they want to put fear in your hearts. When a government pushes back like that, we don’t bend the knee. We show up ten-fold, one hundred-fold. If you believe in freedom and you’re against this political charging that they’re doing, show up tomorrow but be peaceful. Force them to arrest you for being peaceful.”
The Proud Boys and other right wing groups are expected to be counter-protested by far-left Antifa terrorists, known for dressing in black clad outfits and being protected by police as they commit acts of violence.
Though Antifa beat conservative journalist Andy Ngo on camera, causing a brain bleed which sent him to the hospital overnight, none were arrested. Police were reportedly told to stand down from the confrontation.
Labeled a domestic terrorist organization by the Department of Homeland Security, Antifa is largely allowed to run amok across the United States with no pushback from law enforcement. Key members of the mainstream media and progressive movement have cheered on their violent tactics, even when the group attacks journalists and the elderly.
Ngo has become a frequent target of Antifa online because he captures their violent outbursts on camera, showing the American people and the world in whole how unhinged and out-of-control the domestic terrorist group has become since the election of Donald Trump.
Antifa famously set D.C. ablaze during Trump’s inauguration, leaving the city in shambles and even torching a limousine belonging to an innocent immigrant just trying to earn a few bucks during the festivities that drew tens of thousands to our national capitol.
President Donald J. Trump said on Twitter Saturday that he, too, is considering classifying Antifa as a domestic terror group, and warned Ted Wheeler, the Mayor of Portland, that he better keep the group in check during the rally.
“Major consideration is being given to naming ANTIFA an ‘ORGANIZATION OF TERROR.’ Portland is being watched very closely. Hopefully the Mayor will be able to properly do his job!” he said.
Several law enforcement agencies are expected to be in Portland monitoring the protests.
“More than two dozen local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, including the FBI and the Federal Protective Service, were in Portland Saturday to help police there monitor the rally that’s expected to draw demonstrators from around the U.S.,” Daily Mail said.
Friday, the Proud Boys released a statement ahead of the rally.
“The Proud Boys have a long history of defending rally goers and draining local bars of their beers and booze. We will have several prominent constitutional law attorneys on standby this weekend in the event that Antifa or the Portland Police Bureau infringe on our constitutionally protected right to assemble peacefully and communicate our love for America and all things patriotic,” concluded Joe Biggs, a two-time Purple Heart combat veteran who is also organizing and overseeing the “End Domestic Terrorism” rally.
Peter D'Abrosca is a freelance investigative reporter, author, and conservative political commentator.
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