Liberty University grads propose returning degrees due to pro-Trump comments

Camille Rivera
August 22, 2017

Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr defended President Trump's response to the violence in Charlottesville, trying to explain how the president could say there were 'very fine people on both sides, ' when one side was comprised of KKK members and neo-Nazis.

Evangelical Christian Jerry Falwell Jr said Trump could be more polished and politically correct but is not racist.

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". "To identify the groups, the Nazis, the KKK, the white supremacists".

Trump alienated fellow Republicans, corporate leaders and US allies with his comments about the violence that broke out at a white nationalist protest against the removal of a Confederate statue in Charlottesville.

Trump faced criticism from the right and the left for blaming "many sides" for the violence in Charlottesville, which is about an hour away from Liberty University's sprawling Lynchburg, Virginia, campus.

Trump also decried the removal of Civil War monuments to the Confederacy that several cities have deemed offensive for their connection to slavery.

The movement follows a tweet by Falwell that applauded Trump's response to the recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia.

A 32-year-woman was killed Aug.12 when a white supremacist allegedly drove a auto into a crowd of counterprotesters, and two on-duty Virginia state troopers died that same day when their helicopter crashed.

Trump thanked him an hour later on Twitter, writing: 'Jerry Falwell of Liberty University was fantastic on @foxandfriends.

"He made it clear there was no moral equivalency between the two and I think he should be commended for that", Falwell said. "But he does not have a racist bone in his body".

Liberty University graduates, who expressed their frustration over their president's full throated support of Donald Trump since early on in the 2016 campaign, are still fuming.

Huckabee noted that only one person on a faith council that advises Trump had stepped down since the controversy.

They are also writing to Falwell's board of trustees, calling for his ouster, according to The Washington Post.

"We're asking that Liberty University return to its stated values and accept that the pursuit of power is leading it into some dark places, and really repudiate that", she said. 'African-American employment has skyrocketed since he became president. Rebekah Tilley, a 2002 graduate, said she has been disappointed since before the presidential election. "I don't know. But he had information I didn't have".

But a day after that, Trump again said Charlottesville was an issue with multiple sides.

One member of the evangelical community, biblical studies professor Denny Burk of Boyce College in Kentucky, condemned the president's remarks at Tuesday's news conference as "more than disappointing".

Other reports by VideoGamingPros

Discuss This Article