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.
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.
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.