The MAGAhulk who erupted on social media after appearing at #OpenCalifornia rallies all over the state is a Christian who walked away from God after his mom died of cancer when he was 17.
“I completely turned my back on God after being raised in a strict Christian home,” says Stephen Davis, 35. “I was like, ‘Why, God, why? You know how much I need my mom.”
He fell into the party scene and dropped out of college after the first year. “I always knew there was a God. I just didn’t want to have anything to do with him.”
But at age 25, a series of “eye-opening miracles” eventually brought him back to Jesus — things like financial miracles. He found himself in a church service thinking, “I was too far gone to come back. God didn’t want me anymore.”
But the service seemed entirely centered around him with a message of hope that he could find forgiveness and begin serving Christ again.
“It hit me that He wanted me back,” Stephen says.
Stephen’s handle on Instagram is @realtalkperiod, but he’s been dubbed the MAGAhulk after he began showing up at rallies protesting what many view as senselessly prolonged shutdown of California’s economy.
People are drawn to him and begin to talk to him and he jovially but forcefully talks about the need of Governor Newsom to loosen lockdown restrictions and the blowback he’s gotten from the Left after he “came out” as a Trump supporter. A popular meme showing him in Trump cap saying “Go ahead bro, knock my cap off” taunts liberals, but Stephen is amiable and non-threatening.
“I used to hate Trump, but I didn’t know why,” he confides. “I was told he was a racist. I was told he was a horrible person. I believed all the media’s lies. But then I started to have doubts because in the 90s, all these prominent black leaders and rappers loved Trump. They wanted to be with Trump and be like Trump. I was a little confused. How is he now a racist?”
“I started to do my own research. I started reading his policies and what he stood for and how much he loved his country. I loved what he stood for. I asked, ‘Why is the media lying?’ He has American ideals.”
Stephen changed his mind then and “started rocking with Trump,” he says.
But when he fully “came out” as a Trump supporter in 2018, he was hit by a brutal blowback. People criticized him roundly and accused him of ignorance, he says.
“The Left attacks whoever they think is weak. They use mob tactics to intimidate,” he says. “But I’m undaunted.”
Stephen may look like he’s always been big, but he says that in high school he was the scrawny kid who was made fun of. The youngest of four brothers, he was used to being picked on, but when his girlfriend mocked him for being skinny, he decided to take up body-building and silence the criticism.
He now has a 24-inch bicep. Body-building is not his profession, and he’s never competed for a body builder contest, he says. He works 6 months of the year as a personal security agent for a Saudi prince.
Stephen lives in Lucerne Valley, California, and has a girlfriend and a daughter in high school.
In addition to bodybuilding, Stephen is a Christian rapper. His previous group was called XMan Ministries, which means they x out themselves so that God may shine forth, not the superhero X-Men. His stage name was PS2 and performed in churches to encourage youth to avoid the pitfalls of temptation. The group has since disbanded.
“In rap culture, it’s all about the man seeking fame or fortune,” Stephen says. “We weren’t doing that. We were glorifying Christ.”
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Based in Los Angeles, Michael Ashcraft does Christian journalism, teaches in a Christian school and works as a financial professional.