US Senate Candidate Joey Gibson Holds Sparsely Attended Campaign Rally in Spokane Valley

The always controversial Joey Gibson, who obtained notoriety by leading far-right Vancouver-based protest group Patriot Prayer, took his show on the road to Eastern Washington’s Spokane Valley, where a sparsely attended campaign rally was held at the Centerplace event center. Around Fifty people attended the event, while about as many attended a counterprotest organized by socialists in the region and held roughly ten miles to the west outside Spokane City Hall.

Socialist Alternative member David Brookbank holds a flag outside Spokane City Hall
Socialist Alternative member David Brookbank holds a flag outside Spokane City Hall

Today’s event was different than most of Gibson’s Patriot Prayer protests. There were only a handful of police in sight and even fewer counterprotesters on hand, which is a far cry from the rallies he has held in the western part of Washington state, Portland and Berkeley, which have at times drawn in excess of one thousand attendees and also police sporting riot gear, and have played host to beatdowns and bloody brawls.

Free appetizer coupons handed out at Gibson's rally.
Free appetizer coupons handed out at Gibson’s rally

Gibson, who sat down for a quick interview with Mike Bivins, is seeking the Republican nomination in a bid to unseat Maria Cantwell (D), who has represented Washington state as its junior senator since being elected in 2000.