Trump cheers Falwell for 'fantastic' defense on 'Fox and Friends'

2017 President Donald Trump stands with Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. in Lynchburg Va. Steve Helber  AP

"You had people that were very fine people on both sides", Trump said.

Jerry Falwell, Jr., the president of the Lynchburg, Va. -based Evangelical school, has been one of the president's most ardent supporters since the campaign, so perhaps it's no surprise that not much has changed since. Jobs returning, N Korea backing down, bold truthful stmt about #charlottesville tragedy.

To many alumni, already uneasy because of Falwell's public statements and their reflection on the university, this was the last straw. By 10 a.m. Monday, it had 292 members.

Gaumer said the goal is to send a message that some alumni are unhappy.

Full disclosure: I'm a Liberty graduate and, for what it's worth, I plan on keeping my diploma because, regardless of who Falwell supports, I worked hard for my degree. He later said, "I'm not sure exactly what his words were". "Our voices carry weight for the school, for its donors, for its board, staff and students".

Chris Gaumer, 34, another 2006 graduate, called the decision to participate "a no-brainer".

Falwell on Monday also called for Americans to be united to fight any terrorism, "whether it comes from Timothy Mcveigh in Oklahoma City or from this group [of] insane people in Charlottesville, or the ones who were flying the planes into the World Trade Center, or ISIS attacking people in Barcelona". "We have every intention to continue to extend invitations to him to contribute his perspective on issues important to all of us", he said.

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While appearing on ABC's "This Week", Falwell Jr. downplayed the outrageousness of Trump's blatant sympathy for white supremacists by saying the president "doesn't say what's politically correct".

"He made it clear there was no moral equivalency between the two", Falwell insisted.

"We had a president not too long ago who refused to call radical Islamic terrorism by its name, and I'm glad we finally have a leader who calls evil what it is", said Falwell. And I admire him for that'.

"Falwell not only failed to condemn these things which are patently against the religion he and LU claim, but continued to cheer on Trump and his administration", reads the closed group's description.

Trump noted Falwell's comments through a tweet, urging the "Fake News" to listen to what the university president had to say.

Alumni interviewed Sunday evening said they were not swayed. He responded that Trump "has inside information that I don't have", including "videos" of "historical purists" who just wanted to preserve the Robert E. Lee statue located in the park where the rally occurred.

The evangelical leader also said Trump "left the door open" to calling the killing of counter-protester Heather Heyer "domestic terrorism" - a term that the president was reluctant to use to describe the violence in Charlottesville.

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