Days after leading thousands of unmasked worshipers on the East Coast, singer and evangelical activist Sean Feucht posted a photo of his masked family at the gates of the West Wing.
While it’s not clear whether Feucht entered the White House on Friday, he has already visited the monument to pray with President Trump. And Feucht’s photo was released just a day before five members of Vice President Mike Pence’s team were sickened by the novel coronavirus.
The musician and activist’s “Let Us Worship” tour brought together hundreds and thousands of Christians across the country – in Nashville, Pittsburgh, Kansas City, and more – in the midst of a deadly pandemic, often in defiance of local mandates and federal guidelines. If the White House has truly given up on controlling the coronavirus pandemic, as a senior official suggested on Sunday, bringing Feucht to White House grounds in the midst of a potential super-broadcaster tour could serve as a new focus. data.
Last week, Lawrence Gostin, a professor of global health law at Georgetown University who advises the World Health Organization, told the Daily Beast that Sunday’s massive service would “almost certainly” lead to “an event. widespread – and would cause many new cases, hospitalizations, and even death. It violates virtually every principle to mitigate this pandemic. “Other experts have said remarkably similar things about Feucht’s gatherings in other cities those last weeks.
Requests for comment requesting more information about Feucht’s presence in the White House were not immediately returned on Monday. Feucht also did not return a request for comment from The Daily Beast.
Sunday evening Feucht shared how overwhelmed he was with his weekend in the nation’s capital – and proof, in his mind, that he had made a difference.
“YOU KNOW YOU ARE MOVING TO DC WHEN A SATANIST THROWS A BOWL OF BLOOD AT YOUR TEAM !!!” Feucht tweeted sunday evening. “You cannot keep our joy over the demons !! GOD WINS !! “
Feucht’s tweet showed an image of a Minnesota church’s senior pastor, Charles Karuku, standing in a blue poncho at the National Mall on Sunday night, dripping with what appeared to be blood.
Surrealist imagery punctuated a weekend in which thousands of faithful had gathered to praise Jesus and to protest the COVID-19 restrictions. The event served as the final spectacle of Feucht’s tour, which sparked anger and outrage for his great services – some inside, some outside.
For his part, Karuku posted on Facebook that “WITCHES ARE RATTLED”, with a video of himself dipped in a bright red liquid.
“THEIR POWER IS BROKEN,” Karuku wrote. “Someone threw a vial of blood at me as I left the Washington Mall. Thank goodness I was wearing a mask and a poncho. I will keep the bloodstained clothes as a badge of honor for Jesus! Plead the blood of Jesus. This movement is unstoppable. “
Feucht held what he said on Saturday that a longtime activist called the “biggest Supreme Court prayer meeting since Roe V Wade”, as well as an “impromptu” worship concert.
“It was supposed to be a small group of hippie-style leaders on the grass and turned into over 1000 friends,” Feucht tweeted of a he held communion.
Sunday night, a four-hour event saw hundreds – then thousands – gather on the National Mall. The Christian Broadcasting Network reported that the crowd had reached “over 35,000 people”, although this number does not appear to be based on an official estimate.
A copy of the event permit for the rally, issued last week, showed Feucht and his organizers expected around 15,000 participants. About 7,000 people officially registered for the event, according to the permit, which was approved by the National Park Service. The document contained a brief “COVID-19 mitigation plan,” outlining measures such as “a sign placed at the table where we will distribute Bibles,” “masks and gloves provided” and “sanitation stations. “. A spokesperson for the National Park Service told the Daily Beast last week that, “As with all permit applications, we are discussing the COVID-19 mitigation plan with the event organizers, but this plan is not This is not a requirement or condition of the license.
“While the National Park Service strongly encourages social distancing, the use of masks and other measures to prevent the spread of infectious diseases, we will not ask for or impose them,” the spokesperson added.
As for what really happened this weekend, “there were prayers, songs and baptisms, but hardly any social distancing or wearing a mask,” according to local CBS affiliate WUSA9- TV.
Sunday’s event came just weeks after Feucht was presented at another worship service at the Lincoln Memorial, where Vice President Pence surprised attendees by making an unexpected appearance. Pence was seen joining the prayer with the mostly unmasked crowd at this event.
Amid the outbreak among its staff, the vice president’s office announced on Monday that it had tested negative for COVID-19 again. He continued to face questions about his travel schedule in the face of possible exposure.
Republican Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri took the stage Sunday to pray in honor of Supreme Court candidate Amy Coney Barrett, who was due to be confirmed on Monday.
“Tomorrow night is the final vote on the floor of the US Senate to uphold a justice that is not ashamed to confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,” said Hawley. “She is not ashamed to say that every life has dignity, that every life is worth saving. She is not afraid to say that abortion is a mistake and that every child in America has the right to life.
President Trump’s re-election campaign staff Abigail Marone shared a video of the massive size of the Sunday service, Tweeter: “This is what happens when you close our churches.”
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