Jerry Falwell Jr. — Ousted Amid Sex Scandal — Says He Was 'Targeted' Over Trump Ties




Why Falwell Endorsed Trump

At the time of Falwell's endorsement, he said in a statement that he thinks of Trump as "a successful executive and entrepreneur, a wonderful father and a man who I believe can lead our country to greatness again.”

Trump responded: "Not only is he a high-quality person, with a wonderful family, whom I have great respect for — I also consider him a very good friend and his support means so much to me," according to the Post.

Falwell's endorsement came a week after former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, another prominent religious conservative, threw her support behind Trump.

Speaking with Politico this week, Granda offered his take.

The then-Liberty president "admired Trump’s strongman public persona,” he said.

“Also, there was a noticeable personality change after Trump was elected," Granda said. "He was drunk on power and felt like he could get away with anything.”

Falwell’s Ties to Trump During His Presidency

Falwell has remained a staunch supporter of Trump, saying in late 2016 that he and the president had discussed him becoming Education Secretary. (Trump appointed Betsy DeVos.)

Falwell also appeared at a 2018 watch party for the midterm elections along with the president, according to Politico. His wife has been an adviser for Women for Trump, according to Reuters.

Trump hasn't tweeted about Falwell since 2017. After Falwell's presidential endorsement the year before, Trump said he was "one of the most respected religious leaders in our nation."

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