College campuses across the nation are under siege by liberal organizations. Many are hostile, some to the point of making conservative students uncomfortable. However, a new group seeking recognition at the University of Central Florida (UCF), takes the intensity up a notch or two.
Calling themselves the Knights for Socialism, their mission is to “establish a new society based on socialism in which democracy is extended from politics to the economy and where production of goods and services is based on human need instead of private profit.”
In one sentence of their application, the group claims that “Any and all UCF students are welcome to join our organization, we are all comrades.” However they are fairly specific that they are “an intersectional group open to all Leftists and those who have an interest in Socialism.”
By definition, they have just eliminated all Republicans and Conservatives. They do include “Marxist-Leninists, Anarchists, and Democratic Socialists” though.
Their Facebook page provides further proof of their political tendencies.
Using a familiar, and tired, left-wing excuse, they have claimed they fear President Trump and his policies. It has since been removed, but their social media recently advertised an event that blatently advocates violence;
“In response to the record number of hate crimes against Latinas, 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 has decided to host a series of self-defense clinics for anyone that wants to learn how to BASH THE FASH.”
“Bash the Fash is the slogan of the Antifa or anti-fascist movement. The Knights continue their hypocrisy by using the language of the antifa but then calling them a hate group. Of course, the Knights have been receiving a lot of bad press so some of this is damage control. They need to maintain a lower profile, at least until the get official recognition from the school.
Events labeled “free speech” are popular with the group. They have no problem with encouraging hatred towards the president in their children.
Join us this Friday @ Noon on the free speech lawn! pic.twitter.com/kU5cANW2eO
— Knights 4 Socialism (@ucf_socialism) February 6, 2017
The organization aimed the “bash the fash” event at women as well, fueling that specific hysteria;
“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. Please join us! There will be other women there for you to spar against!”
They promise more intense violence in the future;
“We will have gloves and pads, no bare-knuckle yet ;).”
Lacking a webpage, their social media feeds are the only places to find evidence of what this group is planning.
They cling to liberal hype, reposting ACLU publications informing illegal immigrants on how to avoid Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). That post, like many of their pages, is available in both English and Spanish.
They have solid plans posted to join in Black Lives Matter (BLM) demonstrations, a group known to be violent. In addition, their fellow socialist groups are supporting the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), an organization being scrutinized for terrorist ties.
— Orlando DSA ? (@Orlando_DSA) March 9, 2017
One of their recurring themes is “punching a Nazi.” This is important because they frequently call President Trump and his supporters Nazis. Groups like this are getting better at disguising their agenda; they cannot afford the bad press.
The required documentation for the school charter asks the group “What type of activites do you foress the organization hosting/sponsoring/particpating in?” Their reply raises more questions than it answers;
“Writing, reading, protesting, proselytizing, giving a voice to the voiceless, performing acts of charity, etc.”
Their open-ended, vague descriptions leave a lot to the imagination. Their pictures on Facebook give several clues though.
The University of Central Florida (UCF) is publicly-funded. Located in Orlando, they have an enrollment of about 55,000. When Judicial Watch requested documents regarding the Knights through an Freedom of Information Act, the university stated;
“This organization has only recently submitted their materials to become a registered student organization, they are not yet an officially recognized registered student organization.”
Covering their bases is a good plan given the contentious nature of the group. Research into this organization reveals that they would be joining many others of the same type in the Orlando area.
The group did not comment to any news organization on the allegations against them. However they do thank Milo (Breitbart) repeatedly on social media for the free press. It is still unclear why they are happy with press that labels them as a violent extremist group.
Undoubtedly, we will hear more from this group. They are gaining momentum. If the university recognizes them, we expect to see their violent rhetoric escalate.