As much as some may quibble with his characterization of Trump as evangelical's "dream" leader, the latest polls show more white evangelicals side with Falwell than with the detractors. But the future belongs to the dreamers, not to the critics ...
His approval levels remained steady among Christian groups in the most recent Politico-Morning Consult poll, conducted following the controversial firing of James Comey, Trump's Federal Bureau of Investigation director this week.
Trump's address was short on scripture but cast the president as a defender of the Christian faith - a mantle he assumed throughout the campaign.
While Liberty University opens its arms to President Donald Trump, one group of Lynchburg-area residents is planning a "non-welcoming" demonstration. Falwell stressed at the time that he was speaking for himself and not for the university.
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Midway through the speech, Trump took an extensive detour to discuss Liberty's ascension to the NCAA's Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), the top level of college football.
Trump recently signed an executive order targeting the rule.
"In America, we don't worship government, we worship God", Trump said. "It seems to me like the Pope is more of a socialist than than any Pope we've had recently but, I think, I think President Trump will make some inroads there". In that speech, Trump promised to "protect Christianity".
Trump also urged graduates to "treat the word "impossible" as nothing more than motivation" and "relish the opportunity to be an outsider". Most of the potential nominees are "well known", the president said on Air Force One as he prepared to travel from Washington for the commencement speech.
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"Country-wide, we have serious problems", he told the Lehigh graduates.
United States President Donald Trump has said that his administration is rolling back the job-killing regulations and "unleashing American energy development" to create thousands of new jobs. "Because it's the outsiders who change the world and who make a real and lasting difference". "You must keep pushing forward".
Unlike his campaign rallies and his post-election "thank you" tour, Trump traded in the hyperbolic hysterics for talking points of religious freedom and perseverance during his first commencement speech as president, at times alluding to the "independent" route he's attempted to implement as president. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass, told University of Massachusetts-Amherst graduates they should fight for "the principle that no one, no one in this country is above the law and we need a Justice Department, not an obstruction of justice department".
The focus on the U.S. being a Christian nation, defending Christian values all over the world, played well with the crowd of 50,000 attendees. "Do we agree?" he said to laughter. Trump said. "What imprint will you leave in the sands of history?"
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Although the protesters say that they will not be "disrupting the graduation in any way, shape, or form", and are "simply exercising our First Amendment right to free speech", some students are still anxious that their plans will disrupt the ceremony.