Falwell Backs Trump on Charlottesville, Admits President Could Be More 'Politically Correct'

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"And in defending the president's comments, Jerry Falwell Jr.is making himself and, it seems to me, the university he represents, complicit". "I don't know if there were historical purists there who were trying to preserve some statues". She found a Trump supporter in Liberty University President Jerry Falwell, Jr.

Raddatz asked Falwell if he'd like to see Trump be more careful with his words.

He said "many sides" were to blame and that there were "very fine people" on both sides.

Falwell, during an appearance on "Fox and Friends" on Monday, said Trump "doesn't have a racist bone in his body" and was clear about who was responsible for the unrest when white nationalists clashed with counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Va.

His continued affiliation with Trump is creating controversy even at that conservative institution, where some graduates plan to return their diplomas in protest of his Trump connection.

Raddatz then pointed to comments made earlier this week by Ronna Romney McDaniel, the chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, who said that once people saw Nazi flags at the event they should have 'turned tail'.

Falwell Jr. said one reason he supported Trump in the crowded GOP presidential primary in 2016 was, "He doesn't say what's politically correct".

But the remarks, including those at a fiery Trump news conference on Tuesday, may not dent support from his political base, where white evangelical Christian voters are a major component. "I don't know. But he had information I didn't have".

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Falwell also pushed back against the notion that Trump has inspired neo-Nazis' hateful anti-Jewish rhetoric.

"You have some very bad people in that group", he said of the "Unite the Right" gathering August 12 in Charlottesville that included white nationalists, neo-Nazis and KKK members and which was met with counterprotests.

Falwell did later label white supremacists, Nazis, and other hate groups as "pure evil and un-American".

"He said that is something for the officials to determine". And I admire him for that'. 'He said you can call it terrorism, you can call it evil, you can call it murder.

Falwell responded by saying that Trump did call them "domestic terrorists", which is not true. I'm not sure exactly what his words were.

"One of the first things that he did was rebuild a relationship with Israel, with Benjamin Netanyahu", said Falwell.

Hamann snapped back at that assessment, saying such praise for someone being politically incorrect without concern over the possible repercussions is "just so troubling".

But Falwell insisted on Sunday that 'the president has made it very clear that there is no moral equivalency between what the counter-protesters did, even though maybe some of them resorted to violence in response. and somebody driving his auto into a crowd because he hates people of other races'.

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