Sean Feucht in front of a state capitol building with Turning Point USA Faith

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Right-wing media are promoting Sean Feucht, a Christian nationalist singer bringing “spiritual war" to state capitols

Feucht’s message that his opponents are “literally Satan” and his mission to “seize cultural authority” in all 50 states has drawn support from Republican elected officials and right-wing personalities

Right-wing media and political figures have rallied behind avowed Christian nationalist pastor Sean Feucht and his “Kingdom to the Capitol” worship tour, a joint effort with Charlie Kirk’s Turning Point USA to bring far-right, fundamentalist rhetoric to every state capitol building and see the nation’s laws rewritten under “Biblical moral law.”

Christian nationalism is becoming popular in the Republican Party and in right-wing media, and Feucht, who first drew attention with anti-lockdown protests during the COVID-19 pandemic, has connections to high-profile Republicans including former President Donald Trump and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. He and his tour have also been welcomed and promoted by numerous other Republican politicians and right-wing media outlets, including Fox News and Christian nationalist programs.

  • Christian nationalism is increasingly influential in the Republican Party and right-wing media

    • Christian nationalism seeks to impose right-wing Christian values on society and generally “blurs distinctions between Christian identity and American identity,” according to sociologists quoted by The Washington Post. The movement also frequently advocates the notion that humanity is engaged in “spiritual warfare.” [The Washington Post, 1/6/23]
    • Christian nationalism and rhetoric around “spiritual warfare” have become popular in right-wing politics “as some voters and politicians blend their Christian faith with election fraud conspiracy theories, QAnon ideology, gun rights and lingering anger over Covid-related restrictions.” Recent polling suggests “more than half of Republicans believe the country should be a strictly Christian nation, either adhering to the ideals of Christian nationalism (21%) or sympathizing with those views (33%).” [The New Republic, 1/23/23; The New York Times, 7/8/22; NPR, 2/14/23]
    • A number of right-wing media personalities have also recently embraced Christian nationalism and related rhetoric that warns of spiritual war and the influence of demons. Prominent personalities on Fox News have labeled progressive causes “demonic.” Charlie Kirk’s Turning Point USA has made right-wing Christian fundamentalism a centerpiece of the group’s goals, particularly as it relates to education and LGBTQ inclusion. Additionally, hosts for the far-right outlet One America News Network directly endorsed Christian nationalism as the network was dropped by several carriers. [Media Matters, 7/5/23, 4/27/23, 1/10/23]
  • Sean Feucht, who first drew attention protesting COVID-19 lockdowns, is a self-described Christian nationalist with connections to extremists

    • Feucht rose to prominence in 2020 and 2021 with his “Let Us Worship” music tour protesting COVID-19 lockdowns, and he has profited from his turn toward political action. Feucht’s ministry and various nonprofits have brought in millions of dollars through donations and fundraising. Feucht has purchased multiple vacation homes, even as he reported receiving no income from contributions to his ministry in 2020. [Rolling Stone, 7/11/22]
    • Feucht “proudly” identifies as a Christian nationalist, attacking “the progressive agenda” while asserting that conservative Christians must “take a stand for the Biblical moral law to be applied to our society.” In response to criticism that he was promoting Christian nationalism, Feucht agreed that he wants “Christians to be the only ones” in government so that God can “be in control of everything.” In a substack post, Feucht claimed, “We have seen a clear unveiling of the secular progressive agenda over America: abortion on demand up until the moment of birth, the normalization of pedophelia and child sexualization, and the castration of perfectly healthy children in the name of ‘gender-affirming care.’” [Right Wing Watch, 4/21/23; Substack, accessed 9/6/23
    • Feucht’s rhetoric is heavily influenced by an extreme right-wing Christian movement called the New Apostolic Reformation. Political Research Associates' Frederick Clarkson recently spotlighted Feucht’s connections to the movement, pointing out that Feucht’s ministry is overseen by NAR “apostles” and that his efforts align with the NAR movement. [Salon, 6/17/23]

    Feucht's effort to connect young people with what his movement considers William Penn's ancient vision for Pennsylvania is part of the wider, epochal campaign of the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR), a movement at the cutting edge of Pentecostal and Charismatic evangelicalism, which is now the second largest Christian faction in the world after the Roman Catholic Church and the largest growth sector in American and global Christianity. 

    This is a central story of our time, and one that has scarcely penetrated our national consciousness. Sean Feucht's ministry, for example, is overseen by NAR apostles — but media coverage does not reflect that context.

    The NAR seeks to consolidate those Christians it recognizes as “the Church" in what it believes to be the End Times. Although many NAR leaders have been closely aligned with Donald Trump, they insist that they aim for a utopian biblical kingdom where only God's laws are enforced. Most therefore hold to a vision of Christian dominion over what they call the “seven mountains": religion, family, education, government, media, entertainment and business. (This is what is meant by Dominionism.) 

    • Feucht came up through a California megachurch associated with the NAR movement, and his ministry lists prominent NAR figures on its “spiritual oversight board.” Apostles and prophets of the NAR movement are listed as “spiritual mothers and fathers” who “help keep the Burn organization [Feucht’s ministry] faithful, accountable, and passionate for Jesus.” Feucht attended the “Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry” at Bethel Church, which is run by NAR “apostles” in Redding, California. The church, which has “conquered” the town’s politics according to the San Francisco Gate, made headlines in 2019 for trying to resurrect a 2-year-old child who had passed away. Feucht also lists Bethel church as a “partner” on his website. [SF Gate, 6/28/23; Burn 24-7, accessed 9/6/23; Baptist News, 1/10/23;, accessed 9/6/23]
    • Feucht leveraged right-wing connections into a failed run for U.S. Congress during the 2020 elections. Feucht’s California congressional campaign was endorsed by NAR “apostles” and right-wing media figures, including “apostle” Ché Ahn and Salem Media host Charlie Kirk. David Lane, who has pushed Christian nationalist rhetoric, published an opinion article in Charisma News in 2019, applauding Feucht for running for Congress: “While Mr. Feucht may not fit the politician’s mold, he may very well fit Congressional District No. 3.” Right-wing outlets such as Fox News and One America News Network also gave positive coverage to Feucht’s campaign, with a 2019 Fox article framing his candidacy as a “fight for faith and family.” [Right Wing Watch, 2/20/20; Charisma News, 9/30/19; Fox News, 9/30/19; One America News Network, 2/8/20]
    • Feucht has associated with other extreme movements, including utilizing right-wing militants for security and performing at conspiracy theorist Clay Clark’s “ReAwaken America” tour. Multiple individuals with criminal records and histories of street violence, including at least one member of the Proud Boys, acted as security for a 2021 Let Us Worship gathering in Portland, Oregon. The ReAwaken tour, which Feucht has performed at multiple times, has drawn attention for its fusion of Christian nationalism, antisemitism, and fringe right-wing conspiracy theories. The tour has also hosted speakers including Michael Flynn, Mike Lindell, Roger Stone, Eric Trump, and figures who have praised Adolf Hitler. [Religion News, 8/13/21; Twitter/X, 11/5/22, 5/12/23; Media Matters, 5/8/23
    • Feucht has repeatedly appeared with former Washington state representative Matt Shea, who authored a document titled the “Biblical Basis for War” and supported “armed insurrections” by right-wing militias in the Pacific Northwest. According to The New York Times, Shea “networked with local militia groups, talked about plans to create a 51st state called Liberty and distributed to his closest followers a ‘Biblical Basis for War’ document that calls for the ‘surrender’ of those who favor abortion rights, same-sex marriage, ‘idolatry’ and communism. 'If they do not yield — kill all males,' it said.” A report by the Washington legislature argued Shea “participated in an act of domestic terrorism” and “found that Mr. Shea went to both Malheur and an earlier standoff with federal authorities in Nevada 'specifically to support armed insurrections at both locations in furtherance of his Patriot Movement agenda.'” Shea has supported Feucht’s tour and even joined him on stage at a Kingdom to the Capitol event alongside Spokane Mayor Nadine Woodward, where Feucht called Shea “a hero.” [The Spokesman-Review, 8/21/23; The New York Times, 12/23/19; Twitter/X, 8/21/23]
  • Feucht uses extreme rhetoric that frames his opposition as “literally Satan” and attacks progressive issues as “demonic”

    • Feucht says Christians should take up “spiritual weapons” against “demonic attack.” Feucht promotes his tours as a means of “expanding spiritual territory,” calling for his followers to join him in a “war for the soul of America.” [Charisma News, 2/9/237/26/23; YouTube, 6/22/22]
    • Feucht declared that his opposition is “LITERALLY Satan.” After a number of faith leaders denounced his tour, Feucht posted online, “When you’re doing something BIG for the kingdom of God, the opposition is LITERALLY Satan.” [Oregon Public Broadcasting, 8/1/23]
    • Feucht has accused the left and the Biden administration of pushing an “anti-Christ agenda.” On the day of President Biden’s inauguration, Feucht told his followers that “The enemy is launching an all out attack on truth, attacking the Bible, and God’s sacred design for the family, sexuality and gender.” [Right Wing Watch, 1/22/21]
    • Feucht asserted in an opinion piece that “the left’s policies” are “satanic.” He elaborated, “We don't have to hide our light within the four walls of the church. We can step out and confront the demonic schemes being pushed through the schools, the media and the government.” [Charisma News, 8/29/22]
    • Feucht ascribed public support for abortion and LGBTQ rights to a “demonic spirit” and “demonic drive.” Feucht said that in America, there is a “demonic drive to kill every baby.” He also claimed earlier this year that there is a “demonic spirit behind the transgenderism movement” that “is being exposed.” [Twitter/X, 12/24/22, 5/27/23]
  • Feucht partnered with Kirk’s TPUSA Faith on the Kingdom to the Capitol Tour to deliver their brand of spiritual war to all 50 states

    • Earlier this year, Feucht, who is a contributor of Charlie Kirk’s Turning Point USA Faith, announced a partnership with the organization to visit “the most horrible cities in America” through 2023-2024 ahead of the next presidential election. Shortly after, while appearing on Trump ally Steve Bannon’s podcast to promote the tour, Feucht declared that “It's a real spiritual battle that we're in and it's time that we rise up.” [TPUSA Faith, accessed 9/14/23; Right Wing Watch, 3/20/23; Salon, 6/17/23; Newsweek, 2/2/23]
    • In an interview with Feucht on Kirk’s podcast, Kirk promoted the Kingdom to the Capitol tour and said that “TPUSA Faith is really thrilled to be partnering with Sean on that.” Feucht said during the tour he talked with Republican Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt about a ban on gender-affirming care for minors, which the governor then signed, and “we’re going to chalk that one up as a win, man. We were a part of that.” He cited the ban as evidence that the tour’s efforts were “starting to change things legislatively” against what he called “the mutilation of children’s bodies in the state of Oklahoma.” [Salem Media Group, The Charlie Kirk Show, 5/2/23]
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    Citation From the May 2, 2023, edition of Salem Media Group's The Charlie Kirk Show 

    • Dozens of faith leaders from Oregon, Washington, and Idaho denounced Feucht after he visited their states. They called the tour an attempt “to cloak bigotry in religious language” and “court political violence across our region and the country.” The editorial board for the Idaho Statesman also condemned Feucht’s tour event, writing: “Keep your religion out of our government.” In return, Feucht accused critics of playing to “a chorus of avowed Satanists” and pushing an “LGBTQ agenda.” [Oregon Public Broadcasting, 8/1/23; Idaho Statesman, 7/29/23;, accessed 9/6/23]
  • Right-wing media such as Fox News and Christian nationalist programs have promoted Feucht and Kingdom to the Capitol

    • On Trinity Broadcasting Network’s Centerpoint, Feucht detailed how he gained access to the Capitol rotunda to “worship” with his guitar and vowed to “bring the kingdom” to state legislatures and influence legislation. On the show, which has repeatedly promoted Christian nationalism in its political coverage, Feucht promised to “stand up for certain bills” and put “powers and principalities” on notice about the Christian nationalist agenda. “We’re going to see our states hijacked with the power of God in 2023,” Feucht said. [Media Matters, 6/2/23; Trinity Broadcast Network, Centerpoint, 2/8/23]
    • Feucht appeared on the Rumble show of white nationalist conspiracy theorist Stew Peters, who characterized his and Feucht’s shared agenda as guiding Christians to “pick up the sword and fight." “We want to encourage Christians to actually get out, like to mobilize, to help, to move the ball for Christ, right?” Peters asked. “The entire system is fake and rigged and is actually doing the bidding, in our opinion, of Satan right now.” Then Peters described his and Feucht’s mission as reminding Christians “what God commands us to do, to pick up the sword and fight.” Earlier in the episode, Feucht told Peters that “demonic” forces of Satan were “agitated and upset and trying everything they can do to intimidate Christians.” [Rumble, The Stew Peters Show, 5/10/23; Media Matters, 3/13/237/5/23]
    • Feucht promoted the Kingdom to the Capitol Tour on Fox & Friends Weekend, saying he wanted to “bring God’s kingdom to probably some of the worst cities in America, … deep blue cities with a lot of crime, a lot of overregulation.” Co-host Pete Hegseth praised Feucht for bringing his tour to urban areas, which he described as “the belly of the beast.” “A revival is what we need,” Hegseth said. “We need God in this country.” Hegseth also displayed an on-screen graphic highlighting upcoming Kingdom to the Capitol tour dates and locations and encouraged Feucht to “stop by and say hello” when he visits New York City. [Fox News, Fox & Friends Weekend, 6/17/23]
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    Citation From the June 17, 2023, edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends Weekend

    • On Christian nationalist show FlashPoint, Feucht said that after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v Wade, “I started to realize the fight for life, the fight for the future of our children … now it’s at the doorstep of every state capitol.” Feucht once again criticized the capital cities he planned to visit: “If you look at the state capitals across America, they're blue cities dominated by crime, dominated by overregulation. They're really some of the worst cities in the nation, and they're the ones that need the light to shine the brightest.” [Victory Channel, FlashPoint, 6/20/23; Media Matters, 7/18/23]
    • Feucht cited the theft of his guitar as evidence that “we’re living in a spiritual war” during an appearance on One America News Network. Host Alison Steinberg commented that she was “grateful” for Feucht’s work, adding that his opponents “are clearly out for blood. They’re just not even trying to hide it.” Toward the end of the interview, Steinberg asked Feucht how he remained “so courageous and fearless … when evil is so clearly trying to stop you?” [One America News Network, In Focus with Alison Steinberg, 6/23/23]
    • During a discussion of satanism in pop culture, Feucht told One America News Network host Kara McKinney that “we’re living in a spiritual war,” and “globalist companies,” which have a “rainbow religion,” are pushing “anti-Christian rhetoric.” Feucht also compared his campaign against “the forces of evil” to the biblical struggle between David and Goliath: “David didn’t go and try to go and tolerate the giant. He came into a nation full of apathy and he said, ‘That giant needs to fall down,’” Feucht said. “As we go capitol to capitol, that’s our same message: We want to see the giants of human trafficking, the giants of abortion, the giants of perversion, the giants that indoctrinate our kids with satanic ideology, like, we want to see those come down.” [One America News Network, Tipping Point with Kara McKinney, 8/8/23]
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    Citation From the August 8, 2023, edition of One America News Network's Tipping Point with Kara McKinney 

    • During an interview with Fox News Digital, Feucht agreed that his movement is “dangerous,” because of its open hostility toward “drag queens,” “satanists,” and “antifa.” Feucht’s statement came in response to an Idaho newspaper editorial that described his group as “dangerous activists” and “charlatans” who wanted to “inject their brand of Christianity into government.” Feucht added, “They want to keep the church in the four walls. But the moment that we take a stand, and we take accountability for our state capitals, it's a threat to them.” [Fox News, 8/13/23]
    • During another appearance on Fox & Friends Weekend, Feucht cited “antifa, satanists, the media, and people who slander us” as opponents of his tour. [Fox News, Fox & Friends Weekend, 8/27/23]
  • Throughout the Kingdom to the Capitol tour, Feucht has been welcomed by Republican leaders

    • Feucht kicked off his tour in the U.S. Capitol rotunda with Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) and six other Republican members of Congress, who prayed with him. Boebert invited Feucht into the Capitol rotunda to lead a prayer. Afterward, per Right Wing Watch, Feucht tweeted, “The Capitol became an Altar…There is ONE KING over America… .” [Right Wing Watch, 3/20/23; Twitter/X, 3/10/23]
    • Feucht tweeted that in Montgomery, Alabama, Tom Parker, chief justice of the state’s Supreme Court, attended his rally. Feucht said that Parker also invited him into the court’s chambers for a worship session and shared a picture of the pair. [Twitter/X, 3/19/23]
  • Alabama Supreme Court Justice with Sean Feucht
    • In Jefferson City, Missouri, two state Republicans – Sen. Jill Carter and Rep. Justin Sparks – led Feucht’s audience in prayer. Sparks called attendees of a pro-trans rally “lost souls” and said “today we replace it with the Holy Spirit.” According to Christian blog A Public Witness, Carter, “invoked political issues in her prayer, including anti-abortion legislation and support of Israel.” [A Public Witness, 4/4/23
    • In Oklahoma City, Feucht was joined by Stitt and led the audience in praying over him. A week later, Feucht praised Stitt for banning gender-affirming care for children (which Feucht called the “normalization of pedophilia and child sexualization”) and pointed to their meeting to argue that “the righteous must seize cultural authority,” saying that “when bold believers take a stand for the biblical, moral law to be applied to our society, things change.” [Right Wing Watch, 4/26/23; Charisma News, 5/5/23]
    • In Topeka, Kansas, Feucht prayed over far-right Attorney General Kris Kobach and six other state Republicans. Kobach, who worked in the Trump administration and whom The New York Times described as “the man behind Trump’s voter-fraud obsession,” was joined on stage by U.S. Rep. Tracey Mann (R-KS) and Republican members of the Kansas legislature. [Right Wing Watch, 4/26/23; New York Times, 6/13/17]
    • In Madison, Wisconsin, Republican state Rep. Chuck Wichgers told Feucht’s audience that “demons” controlled the Capitol building. Wichgers attributed the nation’s issues to “godless laws” and celebrated the presence of pastors in the Capitol “every single week” during the recent legislative session. [Right Wing Watch, 5/8/23]
    • In Indianapolis, Feucht prayed over Indiana Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch and praised her for “letting us come in” the Capitol. Feucht was also joined on stage by state Treasurer Daniel Elliott and former Attorney General Curtis Hill. [YouTube, 5/7/23, Right Wing Watch, 5/8/23]
    • At a Boise, Idaho, event, Feucht bragged that he had met with elected officials beforehand to declare that “this state belongs to Jesus.” [Twitter/X, 7/31/23]
  • Feucht’s connections to high-profile Republicans extend beyond his Kingdom to the Capitol Tour, including to the former president

    • In 2019, Feucht visited the Trump White House for a gathering that saw him and dozens of other right-wing pastors pray over the then-president. Feucht, who was invited by then-President Donald Trump’s spiritual advisor Paula White-Cain, used the opportunity to promote his congressional campaign. [Right Wing Watch, 12/12/19]
    • Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) has repeatedly appeared alongside Feucht, attending multiple Let Us Worship rallies and recently featuring as a guest on Feucht’s podcast. In 2021, per Right Wing Watch, Hawley​ told a Let Us Worship crowd, “We serve a king who is on the throne,” before praying that God would “release the greatest revival in American history.” During the event, Hawley and Feucht also prayed that the U.S. Supreme Court would use an upcoming court case to overturn Roe v. Wade. [Right Wing Watch, 9/12/22, YouTube, 5/31/23]
    • Feucht has also interviewed other prominent Republican lawmakers, including Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL), on his podcast. [Hold the Line, accessed 9/6/23]
    • At a Let Us Worship rally in Miami in 2021, Feucht invited Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on stage and presented him with a “Defender of Freedom” award. After the event, DeSantis posted on social media that he was “honored” to receive the award and vowed: “In Florida, we will protect the right to worship and won’t let anyone shut you down.” A year and a half later, Feucht recounted telling Florida first lady Casey DeSantis, “I know you’re gonna get healed” of cancer onstage at the event. “We prayed over her and a month later she was cancer free.” [Twitter/X, 12/31/215/9/23]
  • Ron and Casey DeSantis with Sean Feucht
    • Feucht performed at a campaign event for failed Republican gubernatorial nominee and current state Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-PA) during the 2022 primary and prayed with him in the state Capitol. Feucht also spoke and performed at “Shift America,” an event organized and headlined by Mastriano, joining NAR “apostle” Charles Stock and Salem Radio broadcaster Eric Metaxas, who pushes Christian nationalism on his show. [The New York Times, 7/8/22; Twitter/X, 11/3/22; Media Matters, 7/12/23]
    • On Feucht’s podcast, Virginia Republican U.S. Senate candidate Hung Cao said he was running to prevent “witchcraft” from spreading to his state. Cao cited Monterey, California, as an example of a “dark place” full of “witchcraft” where Wiccans had “taken over,” declaring, “We can’t let that happen in Virginia.” [Right Wing Watch, 7/27/23]
    • Just before the 2022 midterms, Feucht led a prayer at “Freedom & Faith Revival Night” in support of Kari Lake’s failed Arizona gubernatorial campaign. A Public Witness reported that Feucht prayed that Lake would win and told the crowd, “I believe we’re here tonight to champion a new move of [God’s] spirit that’s taking over politics, that’s taking over the leadership positions,” adding, “It says in the Bible that when the righteous are in rulership, the people rejoice.” [A Public Witness, 11/1/22]
    • During a recent interview, Feucht thanked Republican California state Sen. Shannon Grove for supporting his events: “We would not be doing what we’re doing today if it had not been for your support.” Feucht also thanked Grove for supporting his failed 2020 congressional campaign.“She loves the lord, she loves America, and she’s fighting in California,” Feucht said of Grove. In 2020 while serving as California Senate Minority Leader, Grove spoke at a Let Us Worship event without a mask even though she had been exposed to COVID-19 and was supposed to be under quarantine. [YouTube, 7/19/23; The Washington Post, 9/9/20]