GOP Congressman Calls For Falwell Jr.’s Resignation After Unzipped Pants Photo

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"None of us are perfect, but students, faculty, alumni and [LU Praise] deserve better.”

Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC), who is a minister with ties to Liberty University, on Thursday called for Jerry Falwell Jr., the school’s president, to resign, according to The Hill.

  • Falwell ignited controversy this week when he posted a photo of himself with his arm around his wife’s assistant, both with their pants unzipped.
  • The Evangelical leader deleted the post and apologized, saying it was “just in good fun,” but Walker believes Falwell should step down.
  • In a tweet, the Republican lawmaker wrote: “Jerry Falwell Jr’s ongoing behavior is appalling. As a Music Faculty Advisory Board Member and former instructor @LibertyU, I’m convinced Falwell should step down. None of us are perfect, but students, faculty, alumni and @LUPraise deserve better.”

  • The Hill noted that Falwell also drew criticism in June when he “tweeted that he would only wear a face mask if it featured a picture from Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s (D) yearbook depicting a man in blackface and a man in Ku Klux Klan regalia.”
  • He apologized “after several Black football players and faculty at the school condemned the tweet.”
  • And in April, an anonymous student filed a class-action lawsuit against the school over its response to the pandemic, which saw the university take slow action in moving its classes online and continue to allow students to live and use services on campus.

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