Jerry Falwell Jr. defends Trump's 'many sides' comment

Trump has also said that was not what he intended.

Graduates of Liberty University, an evangelical Christian school run by Jerry Falwell Jr., are returning their diplomas over their president's defense of Trump's statements defending neo-Nazis and other white supremacists.

A group of alumni from one of the country's most influential evangelical Christian universities is condemning their school's president for his continued alignment with President Trump.

They clashed with protesters opposed to their message of hate in the streets, leading to the death of three people - a counter-protester who was mowed down by a auto and two Virginia State Police officers who died when their helicopter crashed.

Georgia Hamann, a 2006 alumna and an attorney in Phoenix, Ariz., helped pen the letter.

Falwell accused the media of blowing up Trump comments to embarrass the president and Republicans.

The group intends to mail the diplomas to Falwell's office on September 5, and it also seeks his removal as the school's president. "He's not focus grouping every word he says".

Those actions, the letter says, "have filled us with shame and anger as alums".

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"He has inside information that I don't have", Falwell Jr. said.

'He had information I didn't have, ' the Liberty University president said.

He later denounced the KKK, neo-Nazis and white supremacists by name, only to suggest the next day that there were some "very fine people" in both rivaling groups. That makes him "and it seems to me, the university he represents, complicit", said Gaumer, who resides in Lynchburg.

Raddatz asked Falwell if he'd like to see Trump be more careful with his words. He said "many sides" were to blame and that there were "very fine people" on both sides.

Some of those protesting, Falwell suggested, may have been "historical purists" who were upset about the efforts of Charlottesville officials to remove from a park a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

"They tell people what they want to hear", continued Falwell, whose evangelical Christian college is about an hour south of Charlottesville, Va., where the deadly protests unfolded August 12.

Trump "doesn't say what's politically correct, he says what's in his heart. and sometimes that gets him in trouble", Falwell said.

Falwell Jr. insisted that the president was not a racist, but no one should see the Evangelical leader as an authority figure on racism.

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