Liberty University Grads Returning Diplomas To Protest Trump Support

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Evangelical Christian leader Jerry Falwell Jr. defended President Donald Trump's comment that there were "very fine people on both sides" in the Charlottesville protests, saying the president "had information I didn't have" about who participated in the demonstration against removal of a Confederate statue in the Virginia city.

A small group of Liberty graduates told NPR over the weekend they are sending their diplomas back to the university because of Falwell's continued support of Trump in the wake of the violent clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia, last week.

Trump also said there were 'very fine people on both sides'.

So, Falwell, essentially, as sexist and racist as Trump himself, which is why almost 300 members have joined a "Return your diploma to LU" effort on Facebook.

On Sept. 5, 2017, some former LU graduates will return their diplomas (via USPS) Falwell Jr.'s office.

A university spokesman did not respond to an email Sunday requesting comment.

Falwell went on to say it "has absolutely no effect" for students to send their diplomas back because the degrees were earned. And I admire him for that'.

Raddatz asked Falwell if he'd like to see Trump be more careful with his words.

Falwell Jr. said one reason he supported Trump in the crowded GOP presidential primary in 2016 was, "He doesn't say what's politically correct".

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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 reiterated his arguments on "Fox & Friends" Monday morning, explaining why Trump should be commended not only for his response to Charlottesville, but his policy agenda.

Falwell tweeted that Trump's comments were "bold" and "truthful" and that he was "so proud" of Trump.

"I don't believe he supported neo-Nazis, I don't believe he's supporting white supremacists at all", Burns said in an interview with MSNBC on Saturday.

"We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides", Trump said shortly after the violence. "That shouldn't be negotiable".

In the past, she says she has written letters and spoken directly to university staff.

"It's just one of these things where I'm horrified by the lack of moral leadership from our President, and also from the president of my alma mater", Tilley said.

Liberty University has long associated itself with the Republican Party, and officials and candidates alike have frequently made appearances there. She said she did not receive a response, and she doesn't expect that to change. "He said it was pure evil", he told Raddatz.

'If some [body] showed up and they saw that they were marching beside somebody who hates blacks, who hates Jews, who wants to do violence, I think they should just walk away, yes, ' Falwell urged.