Liberty U students object to timing of Trump visit
The Jerry Falwell-founded college invited Donald Trump to speak on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
Liberty University Law student Eli McGowan said he couldn’t believe his eyes when he realized the day presidential candidate Donald Trump will speak at Liberty University also is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
“I said ‘No, it can’t be,” he said. “I double checked and triple checked. Immediately, it struck me as inappropriate and a lot of my friends as well.”
McGowan said he and some student allies are planning a peaceful demonstration outside of the security perimeter at the Vines Center on Monday. They plan to hold signs with Martin Luther King Jr. quotes and sing songs about equality and God’s love for all…
Reached by phone Monday, President Jerry Falwell Jr. said inviting Trump on Martin Luther King Jr. Day was a purposeful decision, and it was selected out of several possible dates.
“We chose that day so that Mr. Trump would have the opportunity to recognize and honor Dr. King on MLK day,” he said, adding it’s part of Trump’s plan for the speech.