Donald Trump might be facing a heap of sexual abuse and harassment accusations, but some of his loyal followers do not seem to care at all.
The Republican nominee’s supporters apparently do not care if the man they want to elect as their next president has groped women on airplanes, kissed them without their consent, or made sexual remarks about a 10-year-old girl — they just want to make America great again, and they want Trump to do it.
Case in point: Jerry Falwell Jr., the president of a nonprofit Christian university in Lynchburg, Virginia, vowed to vote for the media mogul even if the sexual misconduct allegations turn out to be true.
“I’m going to vote for Donald Trump because I believe he’s the best qualified to be president of the United States,” the head of Liberty University told CNN’s Erin Burnett on Wednesday. “We aren’t electing a pastor.”
He also compared The New York Times report that cited two women accusing Trump of inappropriate touching, to a hypothetical murder charge.
“You’re saying if… if he murdered somebody, would I forgive him?” Falwell continued. “That’s like asking something as ridiculous as that.”
His decision to support Trump has prompted harsh reactions from the students at the Liberty University.
A group called Liberty United Against Trump issued a statement late Wednesday to rebuke the GOP candidate as well as the school’s president.
The students said that Falwell’s association with Trump has cast a stain on their school’s reputation.
“We are Liberty students who are disappointed with President Falwell’s endorsement and are tired of being associated with one of the worst presidential candidates in American history. Donald Trump does not represent our values and we want nothing to do with him,” the statement said. “Associating any politician with Christianity is damaging to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. But Donald Trump is not just any politician. He has made his name by maligning others and bragging about his sins. Not only is Donald Trump a bad candidate for president, he is actively promoting the very things that we as Christians ought to oppose.”
The group also slammed Falwell for defending the lewd comments Trump made in his leaked 2005 audio clip.
“Any faculty or staff member at Liberty would be terminated for such comments, and yet when Donald Trump makes them, President Falwell rushes eagerly to his defense — taking the name ‘Liberty University’ with him,” the letter continued. “‘We’re all sinners,’ Falwell told the media, as if sexual assault is a shoulder-shrugging issue rather than an atrocity which plagues college campuses across America, including our own.”
Jerry Falwell created the Liberty University in 1971. It has since become an epicenter of evangelical Christian education and one of the largest universities by enrollment in the U.S.