Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. on Sunday offered praise for Donald TrumpDonald TrumpFirst 100 days: A true reflection of Trump, poor reflection of America Fox poll: Trump approval below 50 percent Pelosi gives Trump an incomplete for first 100 days MORE, saying the president-elect's platform during his campaign resonated with evangelicals and Christians.
"There's a new hope, an optimism. There's a good spirit in America," Falwell said during a Christmas Day appearance on "Fox News Sunday."
"And I think that's coming from his lead."
Falwell said he endorsed Trump because he saw him as someone who "really loved the American people" and was "for the working man."
"So much was at stake, I just couldn't afford to stay silent."
He admitted the president-elect "never pretended to be a theologian."
"And I said all through the campaign that we're not electing a pastor-in-chief," Falwell said.
"We have to find the candidate who is most likely to support all the values that we hold dear. And Evangelicals aren't that much different than the general population."
Falwell added it's been exciting to watch the president-elect assemble his cabinet.
"I think what Trump is doing with his cabinet is assembling a dream team," he said.
Trump won the white evangelical vote by historic margins, taking a bigger share with the group than recent GOP presidential nominees Mitt Romney, John McCainJohn McCainTrudeau, Trump speak for second night about US-Canada trade McCain: China has done ‘nothing’ on North Korea Trump administration weighing order to withdraw from NAFTA MORE and even President George W. Bush did, according to exit polls.