- Jerry Falwell Jr’s closeness to Donald Trump has not translated into benefits for the president’s re-election efforts.
- Insiders at the private and Christian-based Liberty University donated to nine Democratic presidential candidates.
- Last week a centrist evangelical publication rebuked Trump.
Liberty University’s head Jerry Falwell Jr has emerged as one of President Donald Trump’s staunchest supporters and defenders. Towards the end of last week, for instance, the president of the private Christian university bashed the centrist evangelical publication Christianity Today over an anti-Trump editorial.
But if campaign donations, however tiny, are any indication, Liberty U insiders are not as enthusiastic about Trump as the university’s president. During the 2020 election cycle, insiders at Liberty gave zero to the Trump campaign while donating to nearly ten Democratic presidential candidates. While Falwell cannot tell Liberty staff who to donate to, the revelations are bad optics given his closeness to Trump.
Why Democrats are getting everything and Donald Trump nothing
According to campaign financing nonprofit Center for Responsive Politics, insiders at Liberty University have donated to nine Democratic presidential candidates but nothing to Trump. Some of these candidates have already dropped out of the race.
The U.S. president can, however, take consolation in the fact that the donations are relatively tiny given the size of the organization. Currently, Liberty has an enrolment of over 100,000 and a student/professor ratio of 24:1 for residential undergraduate and 8:1 for residential graduate. According to the latest data, Liberty insiders favored Cory Booker the most, contributing $151 to his campaign. Bernie Sanders was second at $96.
Another consolation for Trump is that his party featured as a top recipient of donations from the private Christian…