Liberty University alumni return diplomas in protest of Trump remarks

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Falwell again defended the president, suggesting he has "inside information" the rest of America does not. 'I don't know if there were historical purists there who were trying to preserve some statues.

Falwell, president of the Christian-based Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, said Trump likely had more detailed information on protesters when he described "fine people" on both sides.

Asked by ABC News's Martha Raddatz whether the president could have been "a little more careful in his words", Falwell said: "All of us could".

Radditz also asked Falwell how he could be so critical of Barack Obama for refusing to use the expression "radical Islamic terrorism" but not criticize Trump for failing to call the white supremacists - including one who allegedly drove a vehicle through a crowd of anti-racist counter-protestors, killing one person and injuring nineteen - "domestic terrorists".

"The bold and truthful statements I was referring to were his willingness to call evil and terrorism by its name", Falwell said.

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'.

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Christiansen insisted again that he accepted Wood's reasoning. He has the possibility to earn more money. I personally hope he will do fine.

The responses reflect a balancing act by conservative Christians as they try to square the images that emerged from the Virginia city of Charlottesville last weekend - torch-carrying white supremacists and neo-Nazis toting swastika flags - with support for a president that failed to condemn them roundly and immediately.

ABC News had reached out to the White House to book an official who would defend the president, in the aftermath of one of Trump's most politically-damaging weeks, and the administration had pointed to Falwell, one of Trump's biggest backers from the religious, evangelical community. 'I know him well'.

'And that's one of the reasons I supported him, ' he added. Falwell agreed that they should have left, but refused to disagree with Trump's assessment that they are "fine people".

The diploma protest, she said, is an opportunity to encourage Falwell to act in a way that will allow her and other alumni to be proud of their alma mater again. They had these terrorists marching marching outside, on the sidewalk right outside their synagogue, and it's all understandable, ' he said. He later said, "I'm not sure exactly what his words were". But she said she wants to make it clear that Falwell does not represent her.

"And I think the American people have gotten sort of thin-skinned and I think they need to listen to the substance of what he said".

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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