Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is calling for the National Park Service to revoke the permit for a Patriot Prayer event because she says it’s a “white supremacist rally” – even though the organizer and all but one speaker are not white.
“The National Park Service’s decision to permit a white supremacist rally at Crissy Field raises grave and ongoing concerns about public safety,” House Minority Leader Pelosi declared in a statement calling for cancellation of the conservative event scheduled for Aug. 26 in San Francisco, California.
In a further effort to villainize the event, Pelosi implied that the Trump Administration may have been behind the decision to grant the permit to the conservative rally:
“We must wonder, where is the decision to permit a white supremacist rally in a national park being made? At the National Park Service? In the Department of the Interior? Or under guidance from the White House?”
But, Patriot Prayer rally organizer Joey Gibson calls Pelosi’s claim a “ridiculous lie” intended to gin up violence, not stop it.
Speaking to Fox News Host Tucker Carlson on Wednesday, Gibson explains that he’s not even white – and has scheduled an extremely diverse group of speakers:
“I’m not white. We have about eight speakers and only one speaker is white. You know, we have a couple of black speakers, a Hispanic, we have a transsexual speaker; we have a woman speaker. It’s very diverse. It’s really just about what’s on the inside – what you believe, what’s in your heart, your soul – it has nothing to do with skin color.”
Gibson says he believes Pelosi is falsely calling the event racist in order to “rile up citizens” and incite them to forcibly drive attendees from the event:
“I thinks she’s trying to capitalize. You know, and everyone’s picking up the rhetoric right now. I went to Seattle, a city council member said that I was a white supremacist.
“I think it’s frustrating, because right now we have these politicians they believe that it’s okay to lie. You know, we let them get away with it.
“She’s going to make such a ridiculous lie that - even the fact that I’m Brown - and she’s going to say I’m a white supremacist, and it’s just really frustrating.
“And, you know what she’s doing, she’s making it more dangerous for San Francisco. She’s trying to rile up her citizens so they’ll come down there and try to drive us out. And, she’s using that rhetoric and it’s just going to cause more violence and it’s going to put more people in danger.”
“She doesn’t even take care of her own people. And, now, she’s trying to make this more violent and more dangerous.”
“So, I don’t know what she’s thinking. I don’t know if she’s trying to provoke or if she’s trying to bring in racists, or what.”
Gibson not only promises to keep Nazis and white supremacists out of the event, he also says they won’t even want to attend - because all, but one, speaker is non-white:
“I give you by word we’re not going to let any Nazis or any white supremacists in. In fact, our speakers will be very upset, because they’re all of color, if we have any Nazis or any white supremacists in there.
“I mean, how, at this point, would you be if you were a white supremacist and you go to a rally and there’s only one white person speaking.”
The Patriot Prayer Facebook page describes its vision as one of patriotism, prayer and love:
“Patriot prayer is about using the power of love and prayer to fight the corruption both in the government and citizen levels that seek to gain power through division and deception.”