Jerry Falwell, Jr. proves that his nut didn’t fall far from the tree by continuing to defend Donald Trump no matter what allegations come out. He basically said he would vote for Trump even if he knew that all the accusations made against him are true.
Asked about the latest accusations, Fallwell demurred at first. “I can’t answer a hypothetical question,” he told CNN’s Erin Burnett Wednesday evening. “You’re saying if — if he murdered somebody, would I forgive him? That’s like asking something as ridiculous as that.”
But Burnett pressed, citing additional allegations against Trump from other women. “If what they say is true, does Jerry Falwell, Jr. vote for Donald Trump?”
“I’m going to vote for Donald Trump,” he replied, “because I believe he’s the best qualified to be president of the United States. And I’m not going to say anything to besmirch the character of any of these women.”…
“What about the Donald Trump of today? Is he a changed man? I think he is. He’s taken all the right positions on all the issues. He will do what’s best for America as president.”
This may be why a group of students at Liberty University, which Falwell, Jr. runs, has revolted against his continued support of Trump:
We are Liberty students who are disappointed with President Falwell’s endorsement and are tired of being associated with one of the worst presidential candidates in American history. Donald Trump does not represent our values and we want nothing to do with him.
A majority of Liberty students, faculty, and staff feel as we do. Donald Trump received a pitiful 90 votes from Liberty students in Virginia’s primary election, a colossal rejection of his campaign. Nevertheless, President Falwell eagerly uses his national platform to advocate for Donald Trump. While he occasionally clarifies that supporting Trump is not the official position of Liberty University, he knows it is his title of president of the largest Christian university in the world that gives him political credentials.
Associating any politician with Christianity is damaging to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. But Donald Trump is not just any politician. He has made his name by maligning others and bragging about his sins. Not only is Donald Trump a bad candidate for president, he is actively promoting the very things that we as Christians ought to oppose.
A recently uncovered tape revealed his comments bragging about sexually assaulting women. Any faculty or staff member at Liberty would be terminated for such comments, and yet when Donald Trump makes them, President Falwell rushes eagerly to his defense – taking the name “Liberty University” with him. “We’re all sinners,” Falwell told the media, as if sexual assault is a shoulder-shrugging issue rather than an atrocity which plagues college campuses across America, including our own.
It is not enough to criticize these kinds of comments. We must make clear to the world that while everyone is a sinner and everyone can be forgiven, a man who constantly and proudly speaks evil does not deserve our support for the nation’s highest office.