ABC Anchor Grills Falwell on Trump Support After Charlottesville

Kelvin Reese
August 22, 2017

"Falwell not only failed to condemn these things which are patently against the religion he and LU claim, but continued to cheer on Trump and his administration", reads the closed group's description. 'I know him well'.

Many in the evangelical Christian community condemned the neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klan and other white supremacists who marched in the University of Virginia town before one of them plowed through a crowd of counter-protesters and killed a 32-year-old woman.

Graduates also sent a letter to university officials that said that Trump's comments were "incompatible with Liberty University's stated values, and incompatible with a Christian witness".

The graduates are protesting university President Jerry Falwell Jr.'s ongoing support for Trump. He didn't call out the ones who committed violence on the other side by name.

"I was to the point where I didn't even want to include my alma mater on my resume when I was applying for jobs, just because I think that can be so loaded", Tilley said. "To identify the groups, the Nazis, the KKK, the white supremacists".

Radditz also asked Falwell how he could be so critical of Barack Obama for refusing to use the expression "radical Islamic terrorism" but not criticize Trump for failing to call the white supremacists - including one who allegedly drove a vehicle through a crowd of anti-racist counter-protestors, killing one person and injuring nineteen - "domestic terrorists".

Phil Wagner, who received both his bachelor's and master's from Liberty University, said though he disapproves of the presidents' comments, he won't be returning his degrees.

Most Americans Blame Antifa or 'Both Sides' for Charlottesville Violence
Trump adviser Stephen Miller made a splash Wednesday by calling CNN's Jim Acosta "insulting, ignorant and foolish". But the belief that white people are victims ignores the structural reality of racism in the USA , he added.

After a woman was killed when a auto smashed into a crowd of anti-fascist protesters in Charlottesville, President Trump took two days to condemn the KKK and neo-Nazi protesters.

"It really is a watershed moment to have people openly chanting Nazi chants. holding white supremacist signs, and carrying weapons along with all of that, and killing somebody, injuring many in the process", he said.

'And that's one of the reasons I supported him, ' he added.

Asked by ABC News's Martha Raddatz whether the president could have been "a little more careful in his words", Falwell said: "All of us could".

"All I know is it was pure evil, ' Falwell said of those attending the 'Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville. "He said you can call it terrorism, you can call it evil; you can call it murder". He later said, "I'm not sure exactly what his words were".

Those actions, the letter says, "have filled us with shame and anger as alums".

But Falwell insisted on Sunday that 'the president has made it very clear that there is no moral equivalency between what the counter-protesters did, even though maybe some of them resorted to violence in response. and somebody driving his auto into a crowd because he hates people of other races'. But at least he's not politically correct.

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