Jerry Falwell Jr. President of Liberty University endorses Trump


#1

As a graduate of Liberty University and a former Evangelical, I cannot underscore how HUUUUGE this is:

washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2016/01/26/evangelical-leader-jerry-falwell-jr-endorses-trump/

Liberty University president Jerry Falwell Jr., the son of the late televangelist, endorsed Donald Trump on Tuesday, giving the Republican front-runner the blessing of one of the evangelical community’s biggest names just days before the Iowa caucuses.
In a statement, Falwell called Trump “a successful executive and entrepreneur, a wonderful father and a man who I believe can lead our country to greatness again.”

Falwell’s move has long been expected since he has showered praise on the billionaire in recent weeks and developed a rapport with him. But the timing of the formal announcement is significant, coming as Trump and Ted Cruz compete intensely in Iowa for the support of social conservatives.


#2

This is great for Trump. I thought Falwell wasn’t allowed to do endorsements given the nonprofit status of the university?


#3

I also don’t think the IRS can trump freedom of speech. Jerry did it as a private citizen. The release went out over Trump’s website, not on Liberty U’s website. Also Jerry is the Chancellor, not the President. He does not run the day to day operations. His father, also Chancellor of the University endorsed Ronald Reagan and George Bush I and II. He’s also a Lawyer, so I am sure they did the endorsement right.


#4

Ah, sounds great! Looks like Mr trumps got the momentum.


#5

He does. Now if Hillary gets arrested we may have a chance of ending abortion by 2020.

“In my opinion, Donald Trump lives a life of loving and helping others as Jesus taught in the great commandment,” Falwell said.
“He cannot be bought, he’s not a puppet on a string like many other candidates … who have wealthy donors as their puppet masters,” he added.
Falwell then spoke of his father’s support for Ronald Reagan in the 1980s, an affiliation that was controversial in some evangelical circles because Reagan’s opponent in the 1980 election, then-President Jimmy Carter, was a devout Southern Baptist.
“When he walked into the voting booth, he wasn’t electing a Sunday school teacher or a pastor or even a president who shared his theological beliefs; he was electing the president of the United States with the talents, abilities and experience required to lead a nation,” Falwell said of his father. “After all, Jimmy Carter was a great Sunday school teacher, but look at what happened to our nation with him in the presidency. Sorry.”
As Trump took the stage, he shook Falwell’s hand and embraced him. "To be compared to his father, just a little bit, to be compared to his father is really an honor for me, so I want to thank Jerry for saying that,” Trump told the crowd.
The Trump campaign has since cut the audio of Falwell’s remarks into a 60-second radio ad.


#6

More good news for the Democrats!:shrug:


#7

How so? The Falwells pick the winners in nearly every campaign.


#8

If Trump wins the Republican nomination, Democrats will dance in the streets.

They will have more than 90% of Hispanics, African Americans, women, and every other group of people Trump has insulted in his campaign in their camp. Leaving Trump only with angry middle aged white men (and possibly the Amish).

If the election becomes a referendum on Trump, as opposed to a break from the Obama administration, the Republicans will lose. Badly. Barry Goldwater/George McGovern scale defeat.


#9

This is true. I cannot, for the life of me, understand how supposedly intelligent people are supporting this man’s candidacy. I am losing faith in the American people’s capacity for self-government.


#10

The word on the street is that at least 20 percent of Democrats are flocking to Trump. The Democrat bench isn’t impressive: A Socialist and a future felon. If 15-25 percent of Democrats vote Trump (whose support among African Americans is very impressive) it will be a good year for America.

I don’t know if you have been to the States recently, but the number one issue among the electorate is security at home. Trump is the security candidate.

In short, I think your analysis is wrong:)


#11

Good luck. Come talk to me when it is over, the Democrats have won in a massive landslide, Hillary Clinton is president, and she continues to cram the progressive social agenda down your throat. You will have only yourself to blame. And I too will have you to blame.


#12

Losing? While Donald is far from my first choice, we just elected a complete race-baiting, weak-minded disaster to a second term 3 years ago.

Why does Trump’s popularity surprise anyone when we are coming off two terms of Obama?

And regardless of what you or I think, polls currently do not bear out his lack of support among women, hispanics, or African Americans do the degree you mention. Quite the contrary.


#13

I think you might need to take a deep breath. I am not your enemy.

Don’t be mean…we are all on the pro life side. I am just picking who I think will change things. We’ve given the GOP establishment many chances and they are no different than Obama. Time for an outsider to clean house. That is how I feel and a multitude of angry Americans with pitchforks.


#14

The Hispanics women and African Americans whose jobs are being eliminated by h1b temp immigrants know Trump will stop this. The establishment is so panicked about this that now you have Bloomberg running promising to spend a billion to keep the status quo.


#15

Trump will be Hilary’s worst nightmare. He already is.


#16

Hillary will intimidate all other candidates by her chicanery but she can’t intimidate trump. Trump is the fighter who knows how to win. In the last election Romney was the perfect gentleman and see how well that served him. He didn’t fight back when he was wrongly accused or when a debate moderator overstepped her boundary actively favoring Obama. Trump will take no prisoner. He will win against the democrats.


#17

[QUOTEThe word on the street is that at least 20 percent of Democrats are flocking to Trump.

In short, I think your analysis is wrong:)
[/QUOTE]

Kinda like the word on the street on the election day 2011 when Romney was going to have no difficulty with Obama?

Wasn’t it Karl Rove who was still denying defeat well after it was apparent?:smiley:


#18

Election day 2012. :slight_smile:

Romney surrounded himself with the McCain team. And Karl Rove is a has been who I would never cite for anything.

You ought to look at the polls I cited in that post if you are interested in how this is going to turn out.

America has never been domestically this angry since the Civil War. If you don’t sense the anger, you’re either on the other side of it, or overseas.


#19

The more I learn about Ted Cruz, the more I am impressed.

As a Senator, Mr. Cruz criticized and spoke out against some of the other leading Republican politicians who sold out the Republican Conservative agenda.

I am not sure about Mr. Trump; people outside politics like celebrities and businessmen who run for office can seem refreshing but look at the less than stellar performances of former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Governor Rick Snyder, so they can sour fast.


#20

When I heard about this, Trump uses some ‘blue’ language, that to a point might be accepted by some. Swearing doesn’t sound like it is out of the question with him. That would not be good for the school.

I am trying to think of some speech one of the candidates once gave at Liberty U in the last 2 years, I really thought it was Cruz but perhaps it was someone else.


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