By David Hylton
As allegations of sexual assault emerge against Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, one of his biggest supporters vows to continue his support.
"I take him as his word. I think he's a good man. I know the Donald Trump of today," said Jerry Falwell Jr., president of Liberty University in Lynchburg, in an interview on CNN.
While Falwell personally endorsed Trump in January for president, and has said his support is not reflective of LU, students are now staging an online protest called "Liberty United Against Trump."
"We are Liberty students who are disappointed with President Falwell's endorsement and are tired of being associated with one of the worst presidential candidates in American history," student Tyler McNally posted on Twitter on Wednesday night. "Donald Trump does not represent our values and we want nothing to do with him."
McNally's tweet had nearly 5,000 shares in 12 hours.
"We are not proclaiming our opposition to Donald Trump out of bitterness, but out of a desire to regain the integrity of our school," McNally's statement said. "While our president Jerry Falwell Jr. tours the country championing the log in his eye, we want the world to know how many students oppose him. We don't want to champion Donald Trump; we want only to be champions for Christ."
On CNN, Falwell said he's "more concerned about America's future than I am Donald Trump's past."
At the Republican National Convention in August, Falwell called Trump "one of the greatest visionaries of our time."
Falwell's renewed support comes on the same day that Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence addressed students.
"I am so impressed with him," Falwell said of Pence at the recent vice presidential debate. "He was so unflappable in the face of all the attacks and he came across as a true statesman."
LU has a long history of inviting candidates of all offices to its convocations and other on-campus events. In this election cycle alone, Trump, Ted Cruz, Ben Carson and Bernie Sanders have visited campus. Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson is scheduled to speak there on Monday.