Prominent conservatives question Jerry Falwell Jr. vacation photo

Jerry Falwell Jr., the president of Liberty University and a staunch evangelical ally of President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden says voters should choose who nominates Supreme Court justice Trump, Biden will not shake hands at first debate due to COVID-19 Pelosi: Trump Supreme Court pick 'threatens' Affordable Care Act MORE's, came under scrutiny Tuesday from other conservatives after a photo surfaced of him on a yacht with his pants unzipped and his arm around a woman. 

The photo appeared to be posted on Falwell’s Instagram account, but has since been deleted. 

In the photo caption, Falwell sarcastically promised that the beverage in his hand is “just black water in my glass,” adding, “It was a prop only.”


Other photos from his family’s recent vacation remain on the social media platform. 

Following Falwell's post, conservative members of the media took to Twitter to criticize the move. 

A screenshot of the picture was first posted by Robert Downen, a religion reporter at The Houston Chronicle. Downden tweeted the picture, adding, "wut is happening."   


“There were already so many good reasons not to entrust your kids to Jerry Falwell Jr’s learning institution. The unzipped pants yacht photo  of the school’s PRESIDENT  is sadly the least of them,” tweeted S.E. Cupp, a conservative host for CNN.

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A Liberty University spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill. 

The university subjects its students to a strict code of conduct, prohibiting premarital sex and the consumption of media that includes “lewd lyrics, anti-Christian messages, sexual content, nudity, pornography, etc.”