After shocking many in the evangelical movement by endorsing Donald Trump over other Republicans for the 2016 presidential nomination, Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. pumped millions of the nonprofit religious institution’s funds into Republican causes and efforts to promote the Trump administration, blurring the lines between education and politics.
The culmination of his efforts was the creation of a university-funded campus “think tank” — which has produced no peer-reviewed academic work and bears little relation to study centers at other universities — that ran pro-Trump ads, hired Trump allies including former adviser Sebastian Gorka and current Trump attorney Jenna Ellis to serve as fellows and, in recent weeks, has aggressively promoted Trump’s baseless claims of election fraud.
Read the full article.
In his final years at Liberty, Falwell spent millions on pro-Trump causes, including the bogus “Falkirk Center,” a “think tank” named with a portmanteau of Falwell and Charlie Kirk’s names that bought ads to promote Trump and published no academic work. https://t.co/X7Gtu032Vz
— Justin Hendrix (@justinhendrix) December 14, 2020