|Born||1983/1984 (age 33–34) Camas, Washington|
|Known for||Patriot Prayer|
Joseph Gibson (born 1983/84) is an American conservative political activist. He is the founder of Patriot Prayer, a group which has organized protests in Portland, Oregon and other cities
- 1 Political activism
- 2 Personal life
- 3 Political positions
- 3.1 Controversies
- 4 References
Gibson founded Patriot Prayer in 2016. On April 29, 2017: Patriot Prayer planned to counter protest a leftist parade on 82nd ave in Portland, Oregon. They created a security risk and shut it down. 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. He seeks to unseat incumbent Democrat Maria Cantwell.
Gibson describes himself politically as a “moderate “, but his organization has been described in the media as “”. Gibson denies that his group is alt-right, and has disavowed white supremacists who frequently appear at his events. 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 for the U.S. Congress, implementation of a national , and abolition of the . He opposes what he describes as undue influence of the on healthcare in the United States. 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.” He has said is a central element to his platform. Gibson’s views have been described as “a complicated muddle” by and “basically meets ” by .
Gibson’s political activity is frequently met with criticism. Many members of Patriot Prayer are referred to as being white supremacists. Nine days after a Patriot Prayer-aligned protester allegedly stabbed three men on the Portland transit system, TriMet, Gibson hosted a rally met by thousands of counter-protesters. The Proud Boys, a right-wing male fraternity, have also been present at several of his events.Gibson has also drawn internal criticism from his habit of using violence against members of his own organization after consuming alcohol.[2