Liberty University students on Wednesday issued a reprimand against their school's president, calling his defense of Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump trade data proposal defies common sense, honest accounting Will CPAC denounce Putin's war against democracy? Acting FTC chairwoman targets occupational licensing regulations MORE disappointing.
"In the months since Jerry Falwell Jr. endorsed him, Donald Trump has been inexorably associated with Liberty University. 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," the student organization Liberty United Against Trump wrote in a statement Wednesday.
"A majority of Liberty students, faculty and staff feel as we do. Nevertheless, President Falwell eagerly uses his national platform to advocate for Donald Trump," the statement read.
"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 statement mentioned the recently released tape of Trump bragging about groping women in 2005, noting that any faculty or staff at Liberty University would be fired for such comments.
"And yet when Donald Trump makes them, President Falwell rushes eagerly to his defense," the statement read.
"'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."
Falwell on Wednesday defended Trump, saying he is a "changed man" with flaws like everyone else.
"We're not electing a pastor. We're electing a president, and that's what we need to keep our eyes on," Falwell said.
"Our country is going to suffer is we get sidetracked on these rabbit trails about 'is this person a good person, is that person a good person?' It's not about that. It's about what are their positions on the issues.
"It's hard for me to say that my sin is any better than Donald Trump's sins or anybody else's sins. The Bible teaches it — we're all sinners. We all need forgiveness."