Fake News Sites And The Elections – With Chad Connelly of Faith Wins: What is the new deceptive approach of progressives who want to influence culture? Are you being influenced by fake news from unsuspected sources? What can we do to counter this deceptive approach? Tune in to hear Chad Connelly of Faith Wins give an inspiring report about the upcoming elections!

Air Date: 10/25/2022

Guest: Chad Connelly

On-air Personalities: David Barton, Rick Green, and Tim Barton


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Faith and the Culture


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Alright, David. Attend. We got Chad Connelly coming up here in a little bit after the break. He’s, of course, Faith Wins all over the nation with you right now, David. Y’all are covering a lot of ground, a lot of good news to talk about, but also some things getting uncovered, like some of these fake news sites out there that the left is trying to use to make it look like they’re local news sites. So we’re going to cover both of those topics with Chad when we come back on.

But just a shout out to you guys for that incredible road trips that you all been pulling off over the last year. I don’t know how many cities you’ve hit, but you’ve met a lot of pastors and a lot of folks that are getting involved because you all are doing that American Restoration Tour.

American Restoration Tour


Yeah, there’s been thousands and thousands of pastors. We’re pretty much in a different state every day with two or three pastors meetings every day and then a different state. So in recent weeks there’s been 24 states. 

I think there’s 132 these meetings we’ve had just in recent months. There’s a lot going on. We certainly are seeing a lot of energetic activity in the areas where it’s possible to really see a shift politically. And we’re finding guys get involved that have never before been involved, never wanted to be involved, they’re getting in there. So it’s very favorable, very positive.

And even without talking to Chad about some of these fake news sites, it’s interesting to me that even on the national news that CNN just called out the Democrat National Committee for going after four Republicans in congressional races and claiming that they want 100% abortions, they want Roe v. Wade to be gone, they want a national abortion ban. And CNN. Of all places said well, that’s really not true. 

As a matter of fact, the one up in Connecticut is actually pro-abortion, and the other three don’t want a federal abortion ban. They personally oppose abortion, but they think it should be up to the states.

So it’s really kind of strange that this stuff is coming out now and even CNN is jumping on board. But the fake news stuff where it looks like it’s from a local news source and therefore we tend to trust it more, and yet it’s really national folks trying to feed down into that, that’s been really one of the more progressive liberal approaches. 

And it’s just interesting that’s coming out now in time to make a difference in the election for people to be able to decide independently. But aside from that, man, what we’re seeing with voter registration in churches and for pastors getting engaged and people out, it really is positive stuff.


David, of course, our listeners can tell you’re out there on the road right now, in fact, with Faith Wins doing more events, tell us a little bit about this road trip.


Yeah, we’re in California right now, and it’s interesting on the national websites, there’s two to three battleground seats in California. And just talking to the pastor who’s been working with other pastors all over the state, as well as pastors in Nevada and some of these battleground areas, he said, hey, watch on election night and see if there is about eight seats that flip in California rather than just two or three. 

National Polls

So they really are seeing things that are not showing up. And we have certainly watched national polls be not at all. We’ve seen probably before election now, national polls have missed it, sometimes in double digits, and they just don’t correct. And that seems to be kind of a propaganda tool for them.

But we were just up in Wisconsin and national polls show neck and neck up there, and yet we just got word that the Democrats have pulled all their funding out of all those ads up there because they feel like those teachers already decided. So clearly, there’s polling going on that is very different from what we’re hearing nationally. 

Democrats clearly are not going to waste their money, and so they’re pulling out of some Wisconsin races because they think they’ve lost them. And so this pastor was just saying, hey, watch for about eight seats flipping in California on election night, which, if that were to happen, that’s a real bombshell.

But that’s the kind of stuff that we’re seeing on the road. We won’t know what it looks like till election, certainly positive things right now. And tomorrow we’re in Nevada and doing several things in Nevada. There’s a bunch of seats that could flip there, including the US senate seat. So it’s just a lot of battlegrounds still up in the air. And if godly people show up in both their values, we could really have a good election this year.


Tim, I was thinking about the fake news sites at the local level and a way to counter that. And I guess we all have at our fingertips the ability to be a new source for our friends and family and other people if we’ll just use those sources. So all the social media tools, just getting the word out, being willing to speak, you can counter some of these things the left is doing.


Yeah, Rick, it’s so important that we do use whatever means at our disposal to try to reach out and get our friends. With that being said, this is one of the challenges as well that what we are, kind of the article we’re highlighting today, or some of the stores we want to highlight today with Chad Connolly was that there are people out there using these same tools, these same platforms to spread this information, they’re using the Internet, they’re using social media. 

They’re writing actual fake news stories trying to sway and influence what’s going on. And in the midst of trying to sway and influence what’s going on, this is where, as much as we want our voice to be heard, it reminds me a little bit of how we have to balance and check this, it reminds me of kind of the origins of nonsense.


To go back to France, I want to say the 1600s, around that time frame, and the idea of the word ‘nonsense’, France said, look, you have your senses, right, you can see things and you can smell things and you can touch things and taste things. But if it’s outside of your normal senses, then it’s nonsense and you shouldn’t believe things that you cannot confirm with your own sight, with your own hearing, that you can’t touch it. If you can’t taste it, right, if you can’t personally feel it, then you should disregard it.

And this is one of the challenges as we even navigate this social media kind of world, is we have to be careful that we’re not being misled by things that are fake news, that are actual nonsense. It’s not real things. It didn’t really happen. 

People are being dishonest. And you’re right, Rick. Part of how we can combat that is make sure that we are able to communicate with our friends and let our friends know some of the truth and reality of what’s going on in the culture.


Alright, guys, let’s get this firsthand from Chad Connelly Faith Wins and we’ll have links to the website. This is actually a tool not just for this election but for next year as well. So really want you to pay attention today. Stay with us, we’ll be right back. You’re listening to WallBuilders Live.


This is Tim Barton from WallBuilders with another moment from American history. Founding Fathers, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson originally worked closely together but later became ardent opponents. This troubled Dr. Benjamin Rush, a signer of the Declaration, who knew both of them very well.

In the Bible, 2 Corinthians 5:18 tells us that God has given each of us the ministry of reconciliation. Dr. Rush believes this and set out to bring the two back together. It took a while, but Adams and Jefferson once again became close friends. 

And looking back on his role in helping bring about this reconciliation, Dr. Rush stated, “It will give me pleasure as long as I live to reflect that I have been in any degree instrumental in effecting this reunion of two souls destined to be dear to each other and motivated with the same dispositions to serve their country, though in different ways. For more information about Dr. Benjamin Rush and his other remarkable achievements, go to wallbuilders.com.


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Welcome back to WallBuilders Live. Thanks for staying with us today. Always good to have Chad Connolly with us. Chad, God bless you, brother. I know you’re running like crazy. You and David are all over the nation right now and just thrilled with what you’re doing with Faith Wins. But I had to get some input from you on all of these fake local news sites. So anyway, thanks for some time, man. Thanks for coming on the program.


Rick, you’re awesome. You’re one of my heroes. You know that. And, man, we’re just trying to stand on the shoulders of giants. But I’ll tell you what, traveling with David and Cheryl has been phenomenal. We’re in New Hampshire today. We’re in South Florida yesterday. We’re going to end up with about 132 of these meetings from February to election day in 24 states, Rick. And I’m telling you, man, as tired and exhausting as it can be traveling, we are watching an awakening of the American church that is firing us up, brother. So we’re energized.


Well, okay, just between you and me and a few hundred thousand of our closest friends, okay, we won’t tell anybody else, but have you found what I find, because I think you and I are close to the same age and Davis just a little bit older than us, but I cannot keep up with the man. I can remember chasing him in the Metro in DC. and this was like 20 years ago and I’m thinking I’m a young guy and well, he’s not as young as I am, let’s just put that and I cannot keep up with the guy. Have you found that traveling around the country?


He’s amazing. He really is. He is the Energizer Bunny. People call me the Energizer Bunny. He makes me look I’m sitting still. But yeah, they’re amazing. And I tell you, we did Lexington and Concord today, Rick, and doing that with America’s greatest living Christian historian, I’ve done it before, but it was really special. 

 New Hampshire

And now we’re in New Hampshire. We actually added these meetings only a couple of weeks ago where we’re trying as an organization to be nimble and be places where we know that Christian vote and voices can make an impact. And this is a new one of those spots.


And I know we got another topic to get to, but I love hearing the reports of what’s happening on the ground out there and all the pastors that you all have talked to and congregations. Just give me a feel for the temperature and the response of people as you bring truth to their communities and give them action steps on what they can do about it.


Well, and you nailed the right thing and I could tell a story in every single state. I’ll give you the one from Wisconsin two weeks ago. We got there, 1,200 person church, guy was saved later in life, was a self-described helian, had tattoos, in both arms totally tattooed up. He said, hey, Chad, we’re happy to have you here. 

I’m a little skeptical about this whole thing, but your buddy who works on your team and they asked me, and I love him, and so I’m going to let you use this church. We had about 125 people there that day, mostly pastors and wives, certainly, the pro-family and prolife groups were there.

But this pastor, I said, well pastor, what are you skeptical about? He said, well, just the whole political thing. I said, Pastor, we don’t want you to be political. He said, really? What do you want? I said, we just want you to be biblical. He said, well, what do you mean? 

I said, Pastor, I hope you can stick around for my talking, David, because I think you’ll see that life is not a political issue and marriage is not a political issue, nor Israel, religious liberty, but for that matter, human trafficking coming across the border, there aren’t political issues. Those are spiritual issues that have been politicized by the media to make us be suppressed and get discouraged.

And the truth is, we ought to treat them as political issues, even if they’ve been politicized, we shouldn’t treat them as political, we ought to treat them as spiritual, and therefore, we ought to engage this culture like Jesus told us in Matthew 5. T

he guy stayed the whole time, Rick, he stayed through my 15-16 minutes, he stayed through David’s 50-55 minutes talk. He comes up to me afterwards, grabs me out of the arms, he said, Chad, I get it. He stayed for the whole thing. He wasn’t going to do that, right. He said, I want to be ground zero for everything you’re doing in Wisconsin.

And I got to tell you, brother, I tell those stories all day long. You name a state, we’ve been there, people are coming around. They’re waking up. They see what’s going on. What we’re trying to do is tell them, look, we don’t want to come and tell you how to do things we want to come alongside you and partner and give you the tools and resources you need. 

Voter Registration

The number one, register, everybody in your church to vote; number two, teaching to vote biblical values. That’s it. We don’t need you to charge the beach D-Day, but we do need you to register. Everybody vote in your church and to make sure they vote biblical values. And don’t leave a stone unturned to make sure they all vote.


Amen. Oh, my goodness. So good. So good. Faithwins.org is the website, folks. Faithwins.org, you can see the dates coming up and where Chad and David are going to be. And also, man, start thinking about 2023, folks, you ought to bring them in. I don’t even know Chad. I might be speaking out of turn, I don’t know what y’all plans are. But as successful as this has been, I hope we see this in every community across the country over the next year or two. Just God’s favor is all over it, and you see it in the response.

And of course, a lot more at Faith Wins, action, steps, resources, all kinds of things you can get there. So even if Chad and David have not been to your town or not coming this year, there’s still a lot of great things you can get at the website, Faithwins.org. And Chad, I’ve lost count. I mean, I don’t know how many churches you all been to. 

It’s phenomenal. But I really do, I feel this just turning point happening right now where people are awake that have never been involved before. As you said, they’re learning that it’s not political, it’s biblical, it’s spiritual. So just a really exciting time to be alive.

Let’s talk ground game. Let’s talk about some of the sort of blocking and tackling of what’s so important here. Y’all were also very involved in the Virginia victories because of the ground game and getting people to be poll watchers and just involved in the stuff that honestly, Chad, we’ve always kind of most people tend to think of as boring, right, it’s not the most exciting part of the “process”, and we ignored it for too long, and the Left dominated in those areas. 

You guys are turning that around. We saw that happen in Virginia, but you’re also doing this in other states across the country, while the Left is also finding new ground game areas, which is what takes us to this fake news thing with these local sites. So I’m asking you two questions at once here. 

One, the ground game, how can people get involved in that if they want to volunteer and be a poll watcher or whatever it might be? And then after we hit that one, then let’s hit this fake news thing before I let you go. Go for it.


Yeah. Absolutely, brother. What happened when we started getting churches involved in Virginia, and we targeted ten House districts to say, look, let’s turn out the church vote. We didn’t try to compete with Richmond or right outside of DC. 

Involved Churches Make an Impact

We found ten House districts, and we said, we’re going to rump the score. So we found 312 churches that did voter registration. Our team counted and measured 77,000 new Christians voted. 

And of course, a guy named Youngkin won by 65,000, or about 26%. What the politicos would understand. elections are won on margins, and the pastors of the best path to reach those people that are non voting in churches.

But what happened, Rick, is our people got so excited, we were on the ground for ten months. In fact, when I started in January, all the political experts, my buddies from DC. mocked me, you can’t make a difference in Virginia. It doesn’t matter. And I said, well, you know what? 

Hide in the bushes and watch, because we’re going to. And we just want to get Christians involved. The poll watching became it took on a life of its own, Rick. They said, what can we do? And I said, well, people are worried about voter integrity. Let’s see how many election commissioners we can go visit.

So pastors and Sunday school classes went to 44 counties. There’s over 100 counties in Virginia. We didn’t have the bandwidth for all of them, and we ended up recruiting either 312 churches, 1343 poll watchers, over 200 became sworn election officers, which is a higher level in the state of Virginia. 

And we found stuff. We found one person registered 27 times; another place, 17 people registered from the same address. They called me and said, Chad, what do you think? I said, it’s a big house. But why don’t you run by there?

It was a field, Rick. It was a field. And so just because they were Christian eyeballs in the process, we found so much stuff. Now our team only looked through about 3,000 votes because we didn’t like wouldn’t have the bandwidth. 

And I told them two things: look for places where more than six people registered or somebody over 100 registered. Not that somebody over 100 couldn’t vote, but if they’re 135, we’d like to meet them, kind of thing.

5.2% of the ones we looked at were fraudulent votes, and we had them. We just took them to the Election Commission. These were churches, though. 

And the great thing was the media and the left couldn’t beat them up because they were from some group. They were from Calgary Baptist or Community Grace or whatever else down the street. It was normal, everyday taxpayer, god-fearing, patriotic, flag-waving Americans who said, I want to be a part of fixing what’s going on out there. I want to be eyeballs in the process.

Poll Watchers

So we’re seeing that everywhere. We’re actually recruiting poll watchers all over the country right now. We’re very active in eight states. 

You could probably pick them out, it’s Florida, North Carolina, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan, Nevada and Arizona. But after I called Friday, hey, do you have any pastors in Maryland? 

Well, sure enough, I got buddies there. In fact, a lady had heard me on Jim Garlow’s radio show talking about this. She took it upon herself. That lady has recruited 280 poll watchers in Maryland. I talked to her Friday. 

And so I just talked to the guy with the election integrity people nationally, and I told him, yeah, we can get you people in any state because there are people in churches who are just begging, what can I do to help? What can I do?

So they can go to Faithwins.org and hit our ‘Take Action’ tab, and if they put in, there’s a QR code if you’re in person, but all you have to do is fill in your email. We will have a pastor, someone on our team will call you and make sure you’re slotted to the right precinct in the county and get you training. 

We’re not trying to do all the training. We’re not trying to teach people the different nuance, the laws of the various states. We’re just making sure there are Christian eyeballs in the process, in every aspect.


Wow! Oh my goodness. I’m going to throw awesome numbers here. A million new faith voters, 12,000 churches involved or more, 20,000+ pastors engaged, all 50 states engaged, 200+ in person events. I’m tired just reading the list, Chad. Okay. Before I let you go, the topic I was supposed to be asking you about, I got too excited–

So apparently, there’s this creation of all these local news sites that are actually coming from essentially one source and five or six writers, and they’re essentially trying to influence what’s going on locally and make it look like this is local reporting. Help us understand this part of the ground game and what they’re doing out there.


Yes, we think it’s kind of once the bots got discovered, we found out there weren’t eleven cabillion followers of some of these Hollywood stars and politicians. I think that they’ve reverted to an old school kind of thing where there are people literally writing stories, generating stories from two or five sources, and they’re placing those locally. 

And it is a new form of voter suppression, Rick. You know, Conservatives and Christians get accused of voter suppression because they want to show a picture ID. 

Voter ID

You got to have a picture ID to get on a plane. You got a picture ID to get in the federal building. But they think it’s some horrible thing to have a picture ID to get. Go do one of the most sacred acts of an American citizen, that is, exercise your right to vote.

And so they’re trying everything they can to discourage people like me and you, Christians, people who believe in the Bible going and voting their values. I believe that’s what it’s all about. And they know that it’s a headache, it’s a fake-out, it’s a planting of dishonest information. But let’s face it, last two and a half years, we face quite a bit of that.


And what’s the best way for people to recognize it? Or can they bring attention to it? Or what do you think should be done?


Yeah, I think that what we got to do and I told my Sunday school classes a few weeks ago, we got to be more discerning about what we’re reading and digesting is news, and then we ought to have a better discernment model right as Christians, we ought to be better. They ought to be getting it from WallBuilders or Victory News or there’s a great conservative Christian organization, CNS. 

Exercise Discernment

Townhall’s got good stuff on it. There are plenty of conservative sources they can check. I think the way to find out about a story is to get two original sources. Don’t go with just what you read. 

Don’t go what you read on Twitter. Don’t even go what you read on some conservative site. See if you can find two sources that actually quote original documents or original people not quoting somebody who quoted somebody who quoted somebody, and it’s been passed down. 

David’s taught us that, you guys at WallBuilders have modeled that for us. Get original sourcing. Don’t just believe what somebody pontificates or thinks. So we as Christians have to be more discerning and check out what we’re reading, what we’re digesting, and what we’re believing.


That’s good. That’s good. Alright, brother. Well, God bless you, man. Thanks for taking some time to be with us. Faithwins.org is the place to learn more. Chad Connelly, God bless you, bro.


Hey, love you, brother. I appreciate you. Rick. God bless, man. Keep fighting.


What a warrior, folks. What a warrior, I’m telling you, making a huge difference out there. That was Chad Connelly. Stay with us, we’ll be right back with David and Tim Barton.


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We’re back here on WallBuilders Live. Thanks for staying with us, and thanks to Chat Connelly for joining us today. Back with David and Tim. And Tim, man, I mean, all the ground that’s being covered right now, this is an investment, not just in this 2022 election. 

This is for going forward, because these pastors and churches, I think, will stay involved, they’re going to see some good results, and they’re going to realize this duty is theirs. And we could see this for several elections to come.


I think there’s no doubt about it. One of the things I think is also important, one of the messages we’ve been trying to share and encourage with pastors along the way is, as you look at the story of the American Revolution, the American Revolution, there were hundreds of battles, and really some of them were skirmishes. It matters how we define battle a little bit. 

But George Washington, I think he was a part of 17 battles in the American Revolution. He only won six of those. So George Washington lost more than he won, and he was barely a part of a small fraction of them, and yet the Americans won the revolution.

Losing the Battle…Winning the War

But if you look at the several hundred battles and skirmishes that took place during the American Revolution, the Americans lost the majority of those battles, but they ended up winning the war. And this is the significant thing we try to help people understand. As you get engaged, you might lose a skirmish here and there, right. 

As we’re encouraging office states, man, get involved, make a difference, there’s going to be some states, we see some major battles won, some major victories. There’s going to be some states that we might not win the battles we’re trying to win. But if we will stay engaged, we can ultimately end up winning the war.

We do now have a blueprint that we recognize, it is effective. It does work. It’s something that we have seen already in Virginia. We’re now seeing unveiled, I think, Chad said it was 24 states that, dad, you and Chad have been in. 

And so it really is encouraging. How many pastors are getting involved. We talk about it often, kind of this notion of a great awakening, that God is waking people up. 

We are in the middle of an awakening, and we just need to be encouraged that just because we might not win this initial battle where we are, doesn’t mean we can’t win the war in the long term. The American Revolution went on for years and years and years, we lost the majority of battles, but we won the war because Americans stayed involved, they acted locally, and they made a difference where they were.


Well, friends, we’ve given you a lot of action items today. First of all, just participate in the American Restoration Tour. If it’s coming to your city, then make sure that you show up. You’ll have a great time, I promise you. But also you can help to bring it to your city next year. So get on the website, get on the email list, become engaged.

Fake News Sites And The Elections – With Chad Connelly of Faith Wins

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I find that many people today, they realize there’s something wrong. They realize the culture is crumbling. They’re looking around, going, okay, now what do I do to make a difference? 

And we have the answers. God’s Word has all the answers for everything we’re facing, and including the action steps, how we should act as the church, how we should act as believers. And that’s what we teach in those courses.

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