Religious Conservatives Defend Trump On Charlottesville

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"He has inside information that I don't have", Falwell replied. "He does not have a racist bone in his body - I know him well". "And in defending the president's comments, Jerry Falwell Jr.is making himself and, it seems to me, the university he represents, complicit".

Trump faced criticism from the right and the left for blaming "many sides" for the violence in Charlottesville, which is about an hour away from Liberty University's sprawling Lynchburg, Virginia, campus.

"President Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpAssange meets USA congressman, vows to prove Russian Federation did not leak him documents A history lesson on the Confederacy for President Trump GOP senator: Trump hasn't "changed much" since campaign MORE does not have a racist bone in his body", Falwell said Monday morning on "Fox & Friends".

Falwell said that Gaumer "completely misunderstands my support", and that he was only referring to the parts of Trump's comments that condemned racists as "bold" and "truthful".

A group of Liberty graduates has created a Facebook group called "Return your diploma to LU".

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Raddatz then pointed to comments made earlier this week by Ronna Romney McDaniel, the chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, who said that once people saw Nazi flags at the event they should have 'turned tail'.

Host Martha Radditz repeatedly pressed Falwell on whether he believed there were "fine people" at the white supremacist rally. And I admire him for that'.

But the remarks, including those at a fiery Trump news conference on Tuesday, may not dent support from his political base, where white evangelical Christian voters are a major component. "I would have personally said stronger (things) in reference to the KKK, neo-Nazis, but I don't have all the information".

Trump also said there were 'very fine people on both sides'.

When Falwell first endorsed Trump, the university clarified that he was speaking as a private citizen.

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'He did. He said that is something for the officials to determine, ' Falwell replied. And I admire him for that'.

"All I know is it was pure evil, ' Falwell said of those attending the 'Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville.

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". He later said, "I'm not sure exactly what his words were".

A university spokesman told NPR that Falwell "wants to make it clear that he considers all hate groups evil and condemns them in every sense of the word".

Hamann snapped back at that assessment, saying such praise for someone being politically incorrect without concern over the possible repercussions is "just so troubling".

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