Like Jerry Falwell Jr., most white evangelicals are happy with the new administration so far.
Liberty University has a lot to celebrate this weekend. At a ceremony honoring its 18,000 graduates, America’s largest Christian college will be the first to hear commencement remarks from President Donald Trump.
Liberty president Jerry Falwell Jr. invited Trump to town for graduation back in December, and his admiration has only grown during the early months of the Trump administration, recently telling Fox News that “evangelicals have found their dream President.”
An early endorser, Falwell continues to be Trump’s faithful adviser and ally, and much of Liberty reflects his enthusiasm. The school has prepared for a “Trump bump” in attendance, spending $200,000 to nearly double the stadium’s seating capacity to 36,000.
Trump’s speech on Saturday marks his third address at the campus in Lynchburg, Virginia. It will be the second graduation speech at Liberty by a sitting president, following George H. W. Bush’s to the Class of 1990. The new president will also serve as the speaker at the Coast Guard Academy ceremony on Wednesday.
“I’d love to hear him talk to the students about what he plans to do for them to make it a better job market, to make the United States a better place for them to raise their families,” Falwell told The Washington Post. “And then I’d like him to tell them what he needs them to do to help him make America great again.”
Few Christian leaders have been as vocally supportive of the Trump administration as Falwell. Marking the President’s first 100 days in office, Falwell listed several “things that evangelicals love” so far: Trump’s relationship with Israel, new Supreme Court justice Neil Gorsuch, …