Prominent conservatives question Jerry Falwell Jr. vacation photo

Jerry Falwell Jr., the president of Liberty University and a staunch evangelical ally of President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump DOJ demanded metadata on 73 phone numbers and 36 email addresses, Apple says Putin says he's optimistic about working with Biden ahead of planned meeting Biden meets Queen Elizabeth for first time as president 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.

Meghan McCainMeghan Marguerite McCainMeghan McCain: Harris 'sounded like a moron' discussing immigration CNN insults #MeToo movement, provides happy ending for Jeffrey Toobin Arizona synagogue vandalized with swastika, antisemitic slur MORE, the daughter of late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMeghan McCain: Harris 'sounded like a moron' discussing immigration Arizona AG Mark Brnovich launches Senate challenge to Mark Kelly Arizona Democrats launch voter outreach effort ahead of key Senate race MORE (R-Ariz.), also tweeted: “How is this Jerry Falwell Jr. photo even real? Also if you're running the largest Christian university in America maybe don't put photos of yourself on social media with your pants undone on a yacht — with random women in bad wigs. So gross, so hypocritical.”

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.”