- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 7, 2017

A group known as the Knights for Socialism hosts a “self-defense clinic” for teaching members how to “bash” so-called fascists.

The educational watchdog Campus Reform reported Monday on the existence of a University of Central Florida group designed to teach socialists “how to BASH THE FASH” at “Leftist Fight Club: The Rumbles at Lake Claire.”

“This event is open to everyone and anyone, except Republicans,” the group’s Facebook invite for a Feb. 5 session read. “Ladies: The Commander in thief is a sexual predator and rapist. He has normalised sexual assault and it is expected that sexual violence against women is going to skyrocket in the next 12 months.”

The group’s promotional material includes a cartoon of a masked Captain America punching white nationalist Richard Spencer, along with a woman kicking a Nazi in the stomach.

“Kick their Axis. Stop the alt-right,” one image reads.

The rhetoric echoes protesters and an unidentified New York University professor captured on video Feb. 2 outside an event featuring conservative pundit Gavin McInnes.

“You’re protecting the Nazis! You should kick their a**! You should!” the professor yelled at the New York Police Department as well as other profanity, Reason reported Feb. 3.

Mr. McInnes, who was pepper-sprayed by a protester as he attempted to enter a building on campus, is not a Nazi or a white supremacist.

Knights for Socialism responded Tuesday to critics as news of its group spread.

“More crybaby republicans whining about being excluded. So who are the snowflakes again?” the group said on its Facebook page.

“It’s blatantly hypocritical for right-leaning students to complain about needing a safe space when liberals suddenly show an interest in self-defense,” Reason wrote in an op-ed published Monday. “Instead of whining about not being included in Leftist Fight Club, conservatives should challenge liberals to fully commit to the principle of self-defense and embrace the Second Amendment.”

UCF officials told Campus Reform that they are “looking further” into the group.

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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