By David Hylton
Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr., who offered his personal endorsement of Donald Trump earlier this year, addressed the Republican National Convention on Thursday night.
"The most effective politicians were not career politicians," said Falwell. "... Donald Trump follows in this rich tradition."
He said Trump is "one of the greatest visionaries of our time."
Falwell said he first met Trump when the Lynchburg-based LU was struggling financially many years ago and Trump offered his advice to turn the school around.
"Since 2007, Liberty has become the largest and most prosperous Christian university in the world, and I am convinced that Donald Trump can work that same magic for a nation with $19 trillion in debt," said Falwell.
Falwell said he has gotten to know his family beyond that relationship and that he has "never met such a loving and genuine family."
Watch Falwell's full speech below: