By October 19, Truth Tour 2 was nearing its end. So is the patience of its leader.
Organizer, Lewis Herms writes on messaging app Telegram. “It seems the lies, rumors, and intrusions of the Truth Tour and it [sic] participants are reaching epic levels. “
For weeks, Truth Tour 2 has been in the works, bringing an eclectic mix of fringe speakers to hotel conference rooms around the country. There are COVID deniers, election deniers, and at least one global denier. But lurking among semen-storage evangelists and a self-described “Shamanic Priestess™ of Magdalene Occult School” are figures of astonishing enduring influence in right-wing politics.
Those names include Jim Watkins, the 8kun owner believed to be behind the QAnon conspiracy theory (he denies the claims), and Judy Mikovitz, a doctor who starred in the Covid denial movie “Plandemic.” . And there was one of the tour’s biggest stars, Juan O. Savin (real name Wayne Willott), who got his hands on real politics by rallying an electoral coalition rejected foreign minister candidates – a fact brag in Truth Tour appearances.
And for just $49 to $149 in 17 cities, fringe political buffs have a chance to see them all.
However, the relative success of the road run wasn’t enough to save the series from the right squabble, as critics accused Herms, conspiracy influencer and Truth Tour 2 founder, of making money unjustly for the MAGA movement.
Herms was not satisfied with these accusations.
“My great team and myself have been accused of many sick things but we are all in extremely high spirits,” Herms wrote. “I’ve noticed some known ‘paper’ patriots are actually working on the project. Someone I know is saying that I’m making a lot of money from touring. That’s a good thing… between both tours, travel, gear and more I’m in a hole of over 100k plus I’ve almost given up on my business that was once destined cost millions and now I can’t give it away. The irony here is that this idiot who says this BS about me is doing well every month from patriots… Project? “
Herms did not return a request for comment, and The Daily Beast was unable to verify his claim that more than $100,000 was lost on tour. He’s currently selling the tour’s RV on eBay. The winner of the bid will also “hang out with” [tour speaker] Jason Q in a day. “
Conversations on conservative social media platforms like Truth Social have revealed critics’ complaints against the tour throughout its duration, ranging from Herms’ treatment of influencers “sovereign citizen”: Russell-Jay: Gould., To allege that the tour organizers are the “payers” most interested in monetizing the movement.
“I think it’s not American to bully other Americans in a time of tight money,” said one Truth Social user.
But the comments on MAGA’s roadshow provided a glimpse into the often hateful movement and travel conventions that have become a meeting place for Trump fans in the wake of his defeat.
A larger roadshow, ReAwaken America, has been touring since Spring 2021, attracting celebrity guests and larger audiences than Truth Tour 2. An estimated 5,000 people attended ReAwaken’s event in Manheim, Pennsylvania last weekend, where they paid up to $500 for VIP tickets.
The big money event, however, was not without its detractors, who were once allies.
Trump advocate Lin Wood is ReAwaken speaker in 2021, but declined the tour after one of the attendees, podcaster Douglas Kuzma, died of Covid after attending the event. Other former ReAwaken allies were disheartened by the event after a separate outbreak in 2021, which they attributed not to Covid but to anthrax poisoning.
“All I know is that we’ve done seven of these events so far, and at each event everyone claims they’ve been attacked with a biological weapon,” Clark told The Daily Beast last year after an anthrax scare. “This is really normal for me.”
Even though distressed attendees tested negative for anthrax, prominent conspiracy theorists such as Wood and David Clements remained skeptical of ReAwaken, and later accused its leaders of being “theirs” money cheaters”.
Running a covert campaign under Trump’s direction while using his fame to draw crowds while trying to overthrow his supporters and at the same time trying to help create a amnesia under the guise of a traveling circus called the ReAwaken Tour,” reads a post Wood shared on his Telegram in August.
As the more humble Truth Tour 2 neared its end, fans used Telegram to speculate about the enemies in their ranks. Some speculate that a practitioner of gematria named “Tom Numbers” may have fallen on the bad side of the organizers, after he stopped showing up.
“When I asked if Tom Numbers would join the tour again, all I got for the answer was “No,” one tour follower wrote on Telegram. “Then my question and the answer were deleted. Makes you wonder? Neither the question nor the answer was deleted. You can still read them.
Others defended the gem doctor against the rumors.
“Tom wants to spend more time in the area where he had a past life,” said one. “I received information from his program with [Truth Tour 2 tarot reader] Janine. “