Liberty University has hosted multiple presidential candidates and was praised for inviting Bernie Sanders, whose views on various issues differ from those supported by many at the university. But now some students are criticizing Liberty for inviting the leading Republican candidate in many polls, Donald Trump. The criticism is not about inviting Trump, but about scheduling him for Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Some students are planning a protest.
@JerryJrFalwell Couldn't there be a more respectful choice for Convo on MLK day than Mr. Trump? He seems antagonistic to Dr. King's cause.— Eli McGowan (@elimcgowan) January 6, 2016
Jerry Falwell Jr., president of Liberty, told The Richmond Times-Dispatch that the timing was intentional. Noting that King urged that people be judged not by skin color, but by the content of their character, Falwell said, “Liberty stands for that principle and I believe that Mr. Trump does as well.”
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