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Patriot Prayer Is Building a Violent Far-Right Movement in Portland

Over the past 18 months, Patriot Prayer has amassed crowds up and down the West Coast. While faith, family and traditional values are mentioned in Gibson’s speeches, his focus has been infiltrating liberal cities and holding far-right demonstrations to antagonize the left.  Read more.

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