The University of Central Florida "Knights for Socialism" held a training event Sunday intended to teach left-wing students how to “BASH THE FASH” in a “Leftist Fight Club," but Republicans were not invited, according to a report by Campus Reform.
The group called the event, “Leftist Fight Club: The Rumbles at Lake Claire," and hired a local amateur boxer to lead the workshop. The group claims the workshop was primarily a self-defense course — targeted mainly toward women — to teach basic hand-to-hand combat techniques. According to the group's website, the course was designed to help socialist students protect themselves from potential hate crimes performed by those sympathetic to “[President] Donald Trump and other Alt-Right Neo-Nazis,” the site said.
The Facebook event described the training as a "response to the record number of hate crimes against Latinos, Immigrants, Muslims, Women, the LGBTQIA+ community, Jews, African Americans and other minorities since the rise of Donald Trump and other Alt-Right Neo-Nazis, Knights for Socialism." The group's website was not clear about the source for their claim that such hate crimes have, in fact, risen since Trump's inauguration.
"This event is open to everyone and anyone, EXCEPT REPUBLICANS," the description read.
According to event organizers, the event was aimed at females because of a the group's belief that the incidence of sexual violence will rise in America due to the election of Trump. It is unclear why the group felt that Republican women would either be exempt from this alleged forthcoming wave of violence or shouldn't be trained to defend themselves from it.
“Ladies: The Commander in thief is a sexual predator and rapist,” the description theatrically notes. “He has normalized sexual assault and it is expected that sexual violence against women is going to skyrocket in the next 12 months. Please join us! There will be other women there for you to spar against!”
A UCF College Republican named Scott Benton told "Campus Reform" that the left's "impulse toward violence" as exemplified by the event is a result of the intellectual indefensibility of their arguments. “If you can’t hang with someone on a debate stage, then you resort to other means to try and justify your cause,” he said. Other UCF Republicans told the media outlet they felt the exclusion of Republicans was simply a way for group to "whine" rather than hold an intellectual or educational discussion of the issues facing the nation.