Jerry Falwell Jr. Apologizes For Unzipped Pants Photo: “It Was Just Good Fun”
Jerry Falwell Jr., president of Liberty University and a leading evangelical supporter of President Donald Trump, apologized on Wednesday for posting a picture of himself in unzipped pants with his arm around a woman, according to Politico.
- In an interview with WLNI 105.9 FM MorningLine show, Falwell said, “I’ve apologized to everybody. I’ve promised my kids I’m going to try to be - I’m gonna try to be a good boy from here on out.”
- Liberty University, where Falwell is leading, has a strict code of conduct of how students must dress and behave at the school, including “prohibiting students from having sexual relations outside of a ‘biblically-ordained’ marriage and consuming media with lewd lyrics, sexual content and nudity.”
- The woman in the photo was tagged by Falwell as Kathleen Stone, who wrote on her Facebook account that she works for Liberty University. Falwell said she is his “wife’s assistant,” saying that “she’s a sweetheart and I should never have put it up and embarrassed her.”
- “She’s pregnant so she couldn’t get her pants up,” Falwell told the MorningLine. “And I was like, trying to like - my - I had on pair of jeans that I hadn’t worn in a long time so I couldn’t get mine zipped either. I just put my belly out like hers.”
- When asked about the reference to the comedy TV show “Trailer Park Boys,” Falwell said “whatever, it was a costume party on a - we were on vacation. And, anyway, long story short it was just in good fun. That’s it.”
Falwell’s photo had drawn a sharp backlash, including criticism from ABC talk show host Meghan McCain and CNN commentator S.E. Cupp.