Word got around quickly that a conservative group supporting Republican President Donald Trump was set to arrive Thursday on the campus of Evergreen State College — one of several hotbeds of often-violent left-wing protests.
“Political Correctness and Hatred has taken over the campus. Several students have reached out to Patriot Prayer—they are upset that professors and students have been spreading lies and threats to try to control the behavior of the students at the school,” the group noted on Facebook.
Not to be outdone, antifa — self-proclaimed "anti-fascists" with a curious penchant for downright fascist behavior at such gatherings — arrived to counter-protest the Patriot Prayer group.
Puget Sound Anarchists asked for support through its website, Campus Reform reported: “This is a call out to antifascists, radicals, artists, anarchists, anti-racists, queers, feminists, and others to oppose the patriot prayer rally at Evergreen and drown out, embarrass, and expose them as the bigoted pathetic fools that they are.”
Washington State Patrol said a 25-year-old man was arrested for disorderly conduct, the only arrest during the protests, KIRO-TV reported, adding that several Patriot Prayer protesters put the smack down a man for having a knife.
Tusitala “Tiny” Toese told the station, “He had his knife open, and he was pointing it at one of our guys, so we put him down and took him to the cops.”
Joey Gibson, the leader of Patriot Prayer, told KIRO his group has been mislabeled as white supremacists.
“I love all people, because they’re human. It doesn’t matter what the color of their skin is. OK? And I’m sick of hearing about that,” Gibson told the station. “If we’re white supremacists, why do we have more people of color rolling with us than they do? That’s what I want to understand."
Gibson added to KIRO that he tried reaching out and shaking hands with the other side but was hit in the face with a can of silly string. Gibson also told the station he was maced.
An unidentified student told the station she came to peacefully protest and help drown out the "white supremacists."