Liberty University alums returning diplomas over president's support of Trump

  • Liberty University alums returning diplomas over president's support of Trump

Liberty University alums returning diplomas over president's support of Trump

President Trump has long enjoyed the backing of Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr., but a group of the evangelical school's alumni are taking an unusual stand against that support in the wake of the violence in neighboring Charlottesville, Va.

They clashed with protesters opposed to their message of hate in the streets, leading to the death of three people - a counter-protester who was mowed down by a auto and two Virginia State Police officers who died when their helicopter crashed.

Georgia Hamann, a 2006 alumna and an attorney in Phoenix, Ariz., helped pen the letter.

The group intends to mail the diplomas to Falwell's office on September 5, and it also seeks his removal as the school's president.

A university spokesman told NPR that Falwell "wants to make it clear that he considers all hate groups evil and condemns them in every sense of the word".

Those actions, the letter says, "have filled us with shame and anger as alums". "That's what I thought was bold".

President Donald Trump's sole surrogate on the Sunday shows this morning provided a damning quote about the commander-in-chief's racial beliefs.

"It doesn't really get too much more important than this", he said of standing up against the hate groups.

He later denounced the KKK, neo-Nazis and white supremacists by name, only to suggest the next day that there were some "very fine people" in both rivaling groups. "He has inside information I don't have", Falwell Jr. said.

When ABC reached out to the administration to book a spokesperson, the administration told "This Week" to book Falwell, a longtime Trump ally.

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have criticized Trump for suggesting "moral equivalency" between the white nationalists and counterprotesters at the Charlottesville event. I know him well.

He also noted that as part of his commentary on the Charlottesville violence, Trump had labeled as "evil" white supremacists, neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klan members.

"So yes, I think he could be more polished and more politically correct, but that's the reason I supported him, is because he's not". "That's something we haven't seen in presidents in recent years".

Hamann snapped back at that assessment, saying such praise for someone being politically incorrect without concern over the possible repercussions is "just so troubling".