Jerry Falwell Jr.

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Jerry Falwell
Jerry Falwell Jr commencement.jpg
2nd President of Liberty University
In office
May 15, 2007 – August 25, 2020
Preceded byJerry Falwell
Succeeded byJerry Prevo
Personal details
Born
Jerry Lamon Falwell Jr.

(1962-06-17) June 17, 1962 (age 60)
Lynchburg, Virginia, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Becki Tilley
Children3
EducationLiberty University (BA)
University of Virginia (JD)

Jerry Lamon Falwell Jr. (born June 17, 1962) is an American attorney and university administrator. He was the president of Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. He was appointed in 2007 after the death of his father[1] and resigned as president of Liberty University after a series of personal scandals.[2]

Falwell announced his endorsement for Donald Trump as Republican in the 2016 Presidential Election on January 26, 2016. That caused several Liberty University alumni and other Christians to become concerned that Falwell had "sold his soul." [3]

In an August 19, 2016 editorial in The Washington Post, Falwell compared Trump to Winston Churchill. He said: "We need a leader with qualities that resemble Winston Churchill. And I believe that leader is Donald Trump."[4]

In August 2017, after the Unite the Right protests in which a counter-protester was killed, Falwell defended President Trump, saying that the President doesn't have "a racist bone in his body".

Falwell was born in Lynchburg, Virginia.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Jerry Falwell Jr-President". Liberty University. Archived from the original on January 29, 2017. Retrieved February 10, 2019.
  2. "Jerry Falwell Jr. resigns as head of Liberty University, will get $10.5 million in compensation". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2021-11-15.
  3. "'Soul Selling' Trump Endorsement". The Christian News. Retrieved February 10, 2019.
  4. "Trump is the Churchillian Leader We Need". Washington Post. Retrieved February 10, 2019.