Walker to headline prayer breakfast of preacher who called for hanging Obama

    Former Wisconsin governor Scott Walker at the podium speaking to the Iowa Republican Party
    Scott Walker speaking at the Iowa Republican Party's 2015 Lincoln Dinner (Photo by Gage Skidmore, Wikimedia Commons)

    Last Thursday, David Pautsch, the executive director and founder of Thy Kingdom Come Ministries in Davenport, Iowa, appeared on the local ABC affiliate WQAD to make a big announcement:  Former Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker had agreed to headline Pautsch’s annual prayer breakfast on Sept. 28.

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    For $12 per person or $48 per table, people can come and listen to Walker and “know the love, peace, and joy of Jesus” Pautsch wrote on his Facebook page.  Walker’s Facebook also has the event listed and lists himself and Pautsch as the hosts.

    “All are welcome,” Pautsch declared, but further scrolling down through his Facebook page leads to decidedly unwelcoming posts thrashing liberals in general and Barack Obama in particular.

    A favorite topic of Pautsch’s is the untrue claim that the former President was not born in the United States:

    Pautsch asserts that Obama was not only not born in this country but “ought to be hung for treason”:

    Pautsch also wrote that Obama was “a Muslim” and that with Obama in the Oval Office, it was “demon infested”:

    When pressed by a commenter if he was being Christian when he called Obama a demon and for his hanging, Pautsch replied, “My ‘demon-infested’ comment wasn’t a play on speech. I’m talking about the real deal. The wickedness Obama has tried to foist on the US and Israel is so twisted it deserves the gallows.”

    Pautsch at one point explained why Obama is a demon—because his “heart has been” with Islam and the Islamic God Allah is a “devil” and practicing Islam “brings about demonic infestation.”  Pautsch also says, “anyone who worships anything or anyone besides the Most High God (Jesus Christ) is worshiping devils”:

    As much as Pautsch despises Obama, he loves U.S. Representative Steve King.  After Steve King was widely condemned by both parties earlier this year for saying, “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization—how did that language become offensive?” Pautsch said, “Will someone please explain what was so offensive about Steve King’s comments?!!” and urged his followers to “come to his defense!!!”  

    In 2013, Walker was pushed to fire his campaign’s deputy finance director Taylor Palmisano abruptly after similar racist posts were found on Twitter and he was contacted by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Dan Bice about her inflammatory tweets against Hispanics. 

    Neither Walker nor David Pautsch responded to requests for comment.

    Update: an earlier version of this story was headlined “Walker to headline prayer breakfast of preacher who called Obama a demon.” David Pautsch contacted the editor to request we change the headline. “Nowhere have I written or said such a thing,” Pautsch wrote in an email. “People cannot be demons. They can only be influenced by demons. This is sensationalism and inflammatory, so your speedy retraction of the headline and correction would be much appreciated.” 

    Jud Lounsbury
    Jud Lounsbury is a political writer based in Wisconsin. He's a columnist for The Progressive magazine and his work has appeared in a variety of other publications, including Newsweek, the Washington Post and the L.A. Times. He's previously served as a press secretary for several organizations and politicians, including U.S. Senators Tom Harkin and Russ Feingold and Vice President Al Gore. Jud lives with his wife and children on a small farm south of Madison where he raises beef cattle and grows alfalfa hay.

    4 COMMENTS

    1. This is yet another example of why we desperately needed the Examiner hear in Wisconsin. Once again, crickets from the “non-slanted” traditional Wisconsin media asleep on the coach. Yeah, I guess it’s not news if Scott Walker is co-hosting an event with a guy using dog whistle language to call for the first Black president to be lynched… all the while saying that says Steve King’s white supremacist comment should be praised and defended. I also googled this guy David Pautsch guy and saw somewhere else that he called for Obama to not only be hanged, but also dragged first. Gee, Dave nothing racial there!

      I wonder if the Wisconsin media would cover this if Mandela Barnes was the co-host…

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