Liberty University president Jerry Falwell Jr. endorsed billionaire and Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump for president on Tuesday, a move that has left some Liberty graduates “embarrassed” and “disappointed.”
“I am proud to offer my endorsement of Donald J. Trump for president of the United States,” Falwell, the son of Liberty founder Jerry Falwell Sr., said a statement issued by the Trump campaign.
“He is a successful executive and entrepreneur, a wonderful father and a man who I believe can lead our country to greatness again.”
The endorsement comes after Trump gave a speech at the prominent Virginia Evangelical institution last Monday, where Trump was praised heavily by Falwell during his introduction. In Tuesday’s statement, Trump praised the endorsement and stated that he had much respect for the Falwell family.
Although Falwell may favor Trump over Evangelical candidates like Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who announced his presidential bid at Liberty University last March, at least two Liberty alumni were not pleased with Falwell’s endorsement.
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