Grads Return Diplomas to Protest School’s Support of Trump
According to NPR, a group of Liberty University graduates are returning their diplomas to their alma mater in protest of Jerry Falwell Jr.’s continued support of President Donald Trump. Falwell, the president of Liberty University, was on the vanguard of evangelical voices throwing their support behind Trump in 2016, and he has not backed down in the wake of the Charlottesville controversy. After Trump gave his infamous statement blaming hate on “all sides” for contributing to the problem, Falwell tweeted that he was “proud” of the president.
For some graduates, that was the final straw.
“I’m sending my diploma back because the president of the United States is defending Nazis and white supremacists,” said Chris Gaumer, a 2006 Liberty graduate, in an interview with NPR. “And in defending the president’s comments, Jerry Falwell Jr. is making himself and, it seems to me, the university he represents, complicit.”
Several alumni signed their names to a group letter to the university:
“While this state of affairs has been in place for many months, the Chancellor’s recent comments on the attack upon our neighbors in Charlottesville have brought our outrage and our sorrow to a boiling point. During the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, white supremacists, nationalists, and neo-Nazis perpetrated brutal violence against anti-racist protesters, murdering one woman and injuring many. Instead of condemning racist and white nationalist ideologies, Mr. Trump provided equivocal and contradictory comments. The Chancellor then characterized Mr. Trump’s remarks, which included the claim that some of the persons marching as white nationalists and white supremacists at the rally were ‘very fine people,’ as ‘bold’ and ‘truthful.’ This is incompatible with Liberty University’s stated values, and incompatible with a Christian witness.”
These people are so badly confused that you almost have to feel sorry for them. You’d think that having attended a conservative college would have insulated them from the worst of the left’s propaganda, but apparently the media is enough of a force these days to indoctrinate even the vaccinated. Either that, or their mass diploma-return is entirely appropriate because they failed to learn a damn thing while attending Liberty. Certainly, they did not learn one of the most important college lessons: How to think for yourself.
If they had, they would know that they’re doing nothing less than parroting left-wing talking points and that these talking points have little relationship to the truth. Trump DID condemn white supremacists. He DID NOT equivocate between the lefties and the individual who committed murder. This is all propaganda, as anyone who actually watched Trump’s speeches knows. The media decided on a narrative and they cut out everything that didn’t fit to make room only for what did.
These grads should return their diplomas because they are too ignorant to deserve them.