Republican candidate for governor Doug Mastriano is listed as one of the featured speakers at the right-wing ReAwaken America tour event on the weekend of October 21-22 at Spooky Nook Sports in Manheim, Pa.
Promoted as “General (Michael) Flynn & Team America is Coming to Pennsylvania,” the tour features promoters of the QAnon conspiracy, vaccine skeptics, conservative political activists and election fraud conspiracy theorists.
In the version of America laid out at the ReAwaken tour, “Christianity should be at the center of American life and institutions. Instead, it’s under attack, and attendees need to fight to restore the nation’s Christian roots. It’s a message repeated over and over at ReAwaken — one that upends the constitutional ideal of a pluralist democracy. But it’s a message that is taking hold.”
According to the Colorado Sun, tickets sell for $250 and Mastriano is listed as a speaker at the event, along with:
- Mel K
- Roger Stone
- Pastor Mark Burns
- Jim Breuer
- Peter Navarro
- Eric Trump
- Michael Flynn
- Robert Kiyosaki
- Kash Patel
- Clay Clark
- Mike Lindell
- Stella Immanuel
The tour is described by Rolling Stone as “a monthly MAGA pageant that fills megachurches across the country.” It is “equal parts tent revival, campaign rally, and three-ring circus.”
According to PBS FRONTLINE, “ReAwaken acts as a petri dish for Christian nationalism and pushes the idea that there’s a battle underway between good and evil forces. Those who are considered evil include government officials and Democrats.
“From the stage, speakers stirred up fear and hatred. Immigrants are rushing over the border “to take your place,” one said. Homosexuals and pedophiles are classified in the same category: sinful people who don’t honor God. Life-saving vaccines are creating “a damn genocide.” “The enemy wants to muzzle you,” another speaker warned. “He wants to shut your mouth.”
The organizer and emcee of the tour is 41-year-old Clay Clark, a former “U.S. SBA Entrepreneur of the Year” for the State of Oklahoma, and the host of the Thrivetime Show podcast.
In an early July event in Virginia Beach, Va., Clark would step up to the podium after each speaker and make pronouncements such as, “Alright, ladies and gentlemen, how many of you believe Jesus is king?” Or, “How many of you believe that Donald J. Trump is their president?” After the applause waned, “And how many of you believe in the power of prayer?””
Clark, who attended Oral Roberts University but did not graduate, was in Washington, D.C., on January 6, 2021, heard former President Donald Trump’s speech, but says he did not broach the Capitol barriers.
There are some contradictions between Clark’s beliefs and those who follow. Yet, as Sam Kestenbaum wrote for Rolling Stone, “Clark sits in numerous other contradiction: he’s a Pentecostal college dropout who owes his new popularity to the church; a business bro who has turned on his former idols, like (Mark) Zuckerberg or (Bill) Gates, as part of an evil cabal; and an assailant of all media whose success owes much to his own media savvy. ReAwaken is ostensibly agitating for a right-wing political takeover, but in private moments Clark can sound more fatalistic. “I don’t think America is savable,” he tells me. “I think all the Christians get slaughtered. I’ve read the whole Bible, I’ve read what happens.”
The shows bring in approximately $300,000 on average, but Clark says that pays the expenses such as security, rental fees and speaker fees. The revenue also helps pay for legal services. He has also been sued for defamation by Eric Coomer, formerly director of product strategy and security for Dominion Voting Systems, saying Clark recklessly spread false, damaging and potentially dangerous claims about Coomer; it accuses him and his company of defamation, civil conspiracy and intentional distress.
Dominion Voting Systems also has ongoing lawsuits against the Fox Corporation, Fox News Networks, NewsMax, One America News, Patrick Byrne, Mike Lindell, Rudy Giuliani and Sydney Powell.
Speakers on the ReAwaken American tour have been known to change at the last minute, so Mastriano still may not be present or speak.
“I really do believe we are approaching the end of America and I’m trying to stop that,” Clark says. “You just pick a side, do your research and pick a side.”