Retired Gen. Michael Flynn, Roger Stone and Eric Trump will speak at a San Marcos church this weekend as part of the ReAwaken America Tour that helped trigger a federal lawsuit against its organizer — Clay Clark.
“We’re just exposing the Great Reset narrative,” said Clark, an Oklahoma podcaster and conspiracy theorist. “Our tour provides embarrassing moments for Republicans and Democrats.”
In a phone interview with Times of San Diego, the 41-year-old Clark said 2,000 were expected daily at the sold-out event Friday and Saturday at Awaken Church — which is hosting Fox News host Tucker Carlson in April.
But unlike the Carlson talk, the event headlined by former National Security Adviser Flynn, Donald Trump’s second-oldest son and Trump-pardoned Stone was not listed on the church calendar.
It was first flagged on Twitter Thursday by @NarcTranslator and shared by @AwakenExposed — an anonymous critic of the conservative church.
Organizer Clayton Thomas Clark and others have depicted the Great Reset as a malevolent notion promoted by Klaus Schwab of the World Economic Forum and Israeli author and futurist Yuval Noah Harari, featured in October on “60 Minutes.”
“What (Schwab) is saying … is absolutely wild,” Clark said. “His plans for the world are truly insane. … It’s truly disturbing.”
Opendemocracy.net reported: “The set of conspiracy theories around the Great Reset are nebulous and hard to pin down, but piecing them together gives us something like this: The Great Reset is the global elite’s plan to instate a communist world order by abolishing private property while using COVID-19 to solve overpopulation and enslaving what remains of humanity with vaccines.”
Clark’s website is packed with COVID misinformation and debunked allegations of a stolen 2020 presidential election. (MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell has spoken at earlier ReAwaken events.)
In December, former Dominion Voting Systems employee Eric Coomer sued Clark in Denver federal court.
“This case is about a relentless defamation campaign against Dr. Coomer perpetrated by Clay Clark’s ReAwaken America Tour, Clay Clark’s ThriveTime, and by Clark himself,” the complaint began.
“Through their traveling tour and series of nationally published interviews, Defendants have monetized a false election fraud narrative and promoted a constant drumbeat of outright falsehoods intended to place Dr. Coomer at the center of an imagined conspiracy to defraud the American people.”
Clark hasn’t answered the complaint yet, but is raising money for his defense.
On Thursday, he said bringing the ReAwaken event to San Marcos was his idea.
“I called them,” he said of Awaken leaders Jurgen and Leanne Matthesius, co-pastors of the chain of local church campuses. “I have a lot of mutual friends. They’re great people and they just want to share the truth.”
The ReAwaken America Tour, sponsored by Christian outlet Charisma News, has been described as having “elements of a tent revival, a trade fair and a sci-fi convention.”
It’s also sparked controversy.
Oregon news media report that the Reawaken America Tour booked two days in early April at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds and Expo Center in Redmond.
“The event moved to the River Church Salem after the tour was asked to sign a contract addendum agreeing to follow mask mandates,” reported bendsource.com, which quoted a ticket salesperson as saying the tour was moving to avoid mask mandates. (Clark told the weekly the decision to move was due to a preference to perform in churches.)
Flynn — profiled recently in The New York Times Magazine — made headlines in the tour’s November stop in San Antonio when he said America should have “one religion under God.”
At a December stop in Frisco, Texas, “a slew of presenters and attendees … reportedly fell ill shortly after the event. Rather than COVID-19, they’re claiming their illness was possibly caused by an anthrax attack.”
Snopes shot down the fears: “A bioterrorism attack on U.S. soil would no doubt spark a massive emergency response and result in investigations at multiple levels of government. However, when we reached out to local police asking if they knew of any such an incident occurring during the ReAwaken America event, we were told that nothing of the kind had been reported.”
At a ReAwaken event Feb. 21 in Canton, Ohio, Eric Trump phoned his father.
“You know what, Dad, there is so much love in this room for this country and for you and everything you accomplished,” Eric said. “And, um, I speak on behalf of every single person here: They love you, I love you, we’re proud of you.”
Donald Trump replied: “Well thank you very much, and everybody enjoy yourselves and have a good weekend, and I’ll be in Ohio soon and I’ll see you all.”
Clark said he would provide security for the San Marcos event, which expects more than 50 speakers.
“There’ll be great security, yeah. … I just have a team of people that I work with,” he said.
Other than rebutting the Great Reset, no unifying theme is expected at the event.
“I don’t tell the speakers what to talk about,” Clark said. “Most of the speakers are my friends.”
On Friday, local clergy with Faithful America announced a Vista press conference at 4 p.m. Saturday to call on the ReAwaken speakers to “stop twisting our faith to attack democracy.”
The Awaken Church visit — being livestreamed on Facebook — will be a homecoming of sorts. Clay Clark says his wife, Vanessa, is from San Diego. (They met as freshmen at Oral Roberts University.)
Vanessa wrote a book — “Now I See: A Mother’s Memoir of Her Son’s Miraculous Healing” — describing how her son Aubrey, born blind, was cured.
Updated at 1:51 p.m. March 11, 2022