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Liberty Students Are Returning Their Diplomas To Protest Trump

Liberty Students Are Returning Their Diplomas To Protest Trump

Falwell tweeted he was proud of Trump's "bold truthful [statements] about Charlottesville".

Two prominent religious conservatives defended US President Donald Trump on Sunday after he was widely criticized for blaming both white nationalists and counter-protesters for last weekend's violence at a Virginia rally organized by neo-Nazis and white supremacists. 'He said you can call it terrorism, you can call it evil, you can call it murder.

Students from one of America's most influential evangelical Christian universities are returning their degrees in a show of protest against their president's steadfast support for Donald Trump. And the fact that he said there were some good people marching with the bad people, you know, that may have been true.

Falwell said that Gaumer "completely misunderstands my support", and that he was only referring to the parts of Trump's comments that condemned racists as "bold" and "truthful".

Falwell loves Trump, because Falwell is at least as much of a joke as Trump, if not more of one.

Falwell Jr has been an unwavering supporter of Mr Trump since the early days of his 2016 presidential campaign.

"One of the reasons I supported him is because he doesn't say what's politically correct, he says what is in his heart", Falwell told ABC's "This Week" program.

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He drew a moral equivalence between white supremacists and anti-fascists, saying counter-protesters who he dubbed the "alt-left" were as violent as the KKK and neo-Nazi protesters and the "alt-right" groups included some "very fine" people. Falwell agreed that they should have left, but refused to disagree with Trump's assessment that they are "fine people". "I know him well".

In May, Trump gave his first commencement address as president at Liberty, where he thanked evangelical Christians for their support on Election Day. He responded that Trump "has inside information that I don't have", including "videos" of "historical purists" who just wanted to preserve the Robert E. Lee statue located in the park where the rally occurred.

Falwell then repeated his support for the United States president during an appearance on Fox & Friends on Monday morning, saying: "President Donald Trump does not have a racist bone in his body".

Raddatz later pointed out that Trump had never labeled the incident domestic terrorism. And I admire him for that'.

"All of us could", Falwell Jr. said.

Fellow 2006 graduate Chris Gaumer, who's a former LU Student Government Association president, echoed that sentiment to HuffPost on Sunday, He called Trump's comments "disgusting and abhorrent".

Hamann snapped back at that assessment, saying such praise for someone being politically incorrect without concern over the possible repercussions is "just so troubling".


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