Some Liberty University Grads Are Returning Their Diplomas To Protest Trump

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"One of the reasons I support him is because he doesn't say what's politically correct, he says what's in his heart", Falwell Jr. said.

Mr. Huckabee, a Southern Baptist minister, said Mr. Trump needs to realize the political environment won't improve for him because the press, Democrats and members of his own political party are against him.

On Monday, Trump had read from a teleprompter and condemned the KKK, neo-Nazis and white supremacists by name, two days after a Nazi sympathizer had used his auto to mow down counter-protesters, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer.

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

"All I know is it was pure evil, ' Falwell said of those attending the 'Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville.

Falwell tried to justify his comments on Sunday in an appearance on ABC's This Week, where he brushed off a question about whether he believed there were "very fine people" among the white supremacists in Charlottesville by saying the president has access to information that Falwell doesn't. Falwell said people merely misunderstood the president.

"President Trump is something we haven't had in national leadership in a long time", Falwell told ABC's "This Week".

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Raddatz pointed to that comments and asked Falwell to react. Instead of condemning racist and white nationalist ideologies, Mr. Trump provided equivocal and contradictory comments.

"Anything other than strong condemnation from Trump [of the hate groups] is disappointing", Georgia Hamann, a 2006 LU graduate and attorney in Phoenix, Arizona, who penned a letter to the school on behalf of the participating alumni's behalf, told HuffPost on Sunday.

"We're asking that Liberty University return to its stated values and accept that the pursuit of power is leading it into some dark places, and really repudiate that", she said.

"What made you think he knew that?"

As Trump's lone mouthpiece on the Sunday circuit, Falwell baselessly claimed that Trump had confidential information that prevented him from denouncing the extremist leaders of a hate rally in Virginia that led to a woman's death. Rebekah Tilley graduated from Liberty in 2002 and now works in higher education in Iowa.

He went on to say Trump shows more "national leadership" and "substance over form" than the USA has seen "in a long time".

Some Liberty alumni finally have had enough. "For there not to be an unconditional condemnation of that kind of action and behavior is just completely anathema". "But I do plan to send back my diploma to Liberty".

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