Students Of Liberty University Refuse To Vote Trump Despite Strong Endorsement From President — ‘Trump Is The Antithesis Of Our Values’

Chris Featherstone - Author

Nov. 3 2016, Updated 10:17 a.m. ET

Less than a week before America chooses the next president, campaign teams for both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are traveling to many states in order to elicit support from undecided voters, or boldly attempt to turn states against what a party has typically gained the advantage from previous elections. This week, the emphasis has been on the key states of Ohio, Florida, North Carolina, and Colorado. Also, there are some other states that each candidate can not bank on to vote a certain way, even if they have for a number of elections.

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Although, from an electoral college perspective, Hillary Clinton would have over the 270 votes needed to win the election (according to CNN), polls and projections are still not enough to maintain the confidence within the Democratic party, especially with the ongoing release of secret emails, and the FBI once again becoming involved to investigate any potentially unlawful activity.

One state that is still in a tight race is Virgina. Right now, Clinton has just about a three-and-a-half point lead over Trump, with Trump actually leading by three points in the Hampton University Center for Public Policy Poll. However, within the state, a popular Christian University is witnessing a divide in support.

For the president of Liberty University, Jerry Falwell Jr., there is no doubt that Donald Trump is the candidate that should be in the Oval Office and be in charge of this nation come January of 2017. Throughout Trump’s campaign, he has been in firm support of the Republican nominee, despite all of the critiques from evangelicals about his transgressions. While Falwell, understandably from an evangelical point of view, strongly opposes Clinton due to moral issues such as abortion and gay rights, he also does not believe Trump’s comments on the Access Hollywood video tape has any weight regarding his presidential nomination, according to a recent interview by the Washington Post.

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“I don’t think the American people want this country to go down the toilet because Donald Trump made some dumb comments on a videotape 11 years ago.”

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However, what Falwell has not been very vocal on regarding morality is Trump’s recent promotion of the LBGT community, as he waved the rainbow flag during a recent rally in Colorado. Whether it was due to an inconsistency in his personal stance, or political pandering, it sparked the ire of many evangelicals due to feeling that he is misrepresenting the values that come along with this particular group of voters.


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