President Donald Trump delivered the commencement address at Liberty University today.
Trump has had a long history with the religious institution. President Jerry Falwell Jr. has been a huge Trump supporter for a while now, posing for ill-considered photos with the real estate mogul and forcing Liberty students to cut anti-Trump articles from the school paper. Liberty students did, at one point, speak out against their president’s backing of Trump, for what it’s worth, but this morning on AM Joy, it was notes that attendance today was mandatory.
The last stop on this trip down Memory Lane is a moment of reflection on that time Trump cited “Two Corinthians” in a speech at Liberty. Remember that? This time, Trump was very careful not to make another misstep in front of a crowd of devout Christians. In fact, he doubled down on appealing to them.
“In America, we don’t worship government,” he told the students assembled there today. “We worship God!”
He went on to talk about the “very important” things he signed last week. Obviously, he was referring to the “religious freedom” executive order from a few days back.
“America is beginning a new chapter,” he assured them. Then, he talked a little more about God and mentioned that no matter what race someone is or what religion they subscribe to, they all bleed the same “red blood of patriots.”
He also took a few shots at politicians in his speech, and perhaps even the media, for he also said this:
“But the fact is no one has ever achieved anything significant without a chorus of critics standing on the sidelines explaining why it can’t be done. Nothing is easier or more pathetic than being a critic, because they’re people that can’t get the job done, but the future belongs to the dreamers, not to the critics.”
Watch above, starting at around 1:06:00.
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