UCF Students Form ‘Leftists Fight Club,’ Trains Students To Fight Republicans
By Emily Zanotti, HEATSTREET // February 8, 2017
ORLANDO, FLORIDA (HEATSTREET) – Students at the University of Central Florida are buffing up to fight Donald Trump in their newly formed “Leftist Fight Club.”
Having already broken the first rule of Fight Club by, of course, mentioning that they intend to hold a fight club, the so-called “Knights of Socialism” launched a Facebook page. They have invited members of all “marginalized communities” (except Republicans) to come to a seminar to learn how to cold-cock Nazis.
“In response to the record number of hate crimes against Latinxs, 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,” the event description reads.
The Knights, apparently having difficulty attracting women to their party, added an “update” claiming that because “the Commander in thief [sic] is a sexual predator and rapist” they expect sexual assault to “skyrocket” over the next year, so women are encouraged to learn how to beat people up now.
According to the Campus Reform, students were instructed by a boxing coach, who taught them the basics of hand-to-hand combat and gave them tips in self defense, in order to “better protect themselves from potential hate crimes.”
They then practice on each other, which must have been entertaining. They were, reportedly, not allowed to bare-knuckle box and wore gloves and padding.
Some students at UCF told Campus Reform that they complained to the school’s administration, saying that the event made them feel unsafe—after all, the school’s progressive community appeared to be actively promoting violence against Republicans (though the Knights say they were just trying to help).
But UCF College Republicans said that they weren’t particularly fazed. “If you can’t hang with someone on a debate stage, then you resort to other means to try and justify your cause,” UCF College Republican Scott Benton said.
The event comes on the heels of a rash of anti-Trump violence, threats of Nazi-punching, and a full-on riot at the University of California, Berkeley. A spokeswoman for UCF told Campus Reform that they are aware of the event, do not encourage violence, and will be “looking into” the event further.