Falwell faces flak for posing with Trump in front of Playboy
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Jerry Falwell Jr. on Tuesday faced criticism for sharing a photo of him and his wife with Donald TrumpDonald TrumpWhat blue wave? A close look at Texas today tells of a different story Democrats go down to the wire with Manchin Trump's former bodyguard investigated in NY prosectors' probe: report MORE in the businessman's office, which included a framed Playboy cover in the background.
Falwell, president of the evangelical Liberty University, tweeted the image after a meeting of evangelical leaders and social conservatives with Trump in New York:
Falwell faced mockery after social media users pointed out the framed 1990 Playboy magazine cover hanging on the wall behind them.
He responded by calling those critical of him "hypocrites."
Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), a vocal critic of Trump, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, also weighed in.
Falwell, who endorsed Trump in January, told Fox News's "On The Record" that Trump told evangelical leaders he would appoint pro-life Supreme Court nominees, support Israel and defend religious liberty.
"I was very impressed. He was very presidential and he was really showing a deeper understanding than I've ever seen before of issues that are important to conservatives and Christians," Falwell said.