This was Trump's second visit to the school and his first as president. "In other words your parents", Trump told the graduates. I want to thank you, because boy did you come out and vote.
Before Trump's speech, Falwell in his address commented that Trump's presidency has benefited the Christian community in the US and presented the president with an honorary Doctorate of Law degree.
He again referred to the size of the crowd later in his speech, saying "this is a attractive stadium, and it's packed". Trump mentioned none of this in his speech, instead boasting of his accomplishments and congratulating graduates on their "totally brilliant future". Trump said he and his staff are looking at "very well known, highly respected, really talented people, and that's what we want for the Federal Bureau of Investigation".
In introducing Trump today, Falwell said the president had fulfilled "a promise for returning political free-speech rights" to universities like Liberty.
The two other themes Trump heavily drilled upon during his half-hour speech were God and football.
He occasionally sounded self-reflective as he imparted wisdom to the graduates.
"You aren't going to let people tell you what to believe, especially when you know that you're right", Trump told the graduates lining the football field and the guests seated in the stadium, a total of 50,000 in attendance.
A highlight of the president's address was when he stated, "I know that each of you will be a warrior for the truth, the country and your family".
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Trump also brought up an old campaign favorite: corruption in the capital.
"The fact is, no one has achieved anything significant without a chorus of critics standing on the sidelines explaining why it can't be done", Trump told the crowd in Lynchburg, Virginia, in what was his first commencement speech as president. "And always have the courage to be yourself". "The future belongs to the people who follow their heart no matter what the critics say".
"America is better when people put their faith into action".
He steered clear of that subject, making only sidelong swipes at his critics. The sarin gas attack killed almost 100 people, many of them children.
He found few critics at Liberty University.
Falwell said he's pleased with Trump's performance so far. He urged the graduates to never stop fighting for what they believe in.
He said in an aside: "I think I did. Jerry, are you sure you know what you're doing?" "People gotta give him a chance", Hale said. Trump has stayed largely out of public view since Tuesday, when he removed the head of the agency that is investigating Russia's role in the 2016 election, along with possible ties between Trump's campaign and the Russian government. The school has more than 110,000 students, a vast majority of whom attend class online and only travel here for graduation.
"[I want] to bring Christ back into our nation and into our schools, since we don't have him in schools rights now; it's just silent prayers", she said, "I would love to see the prayers back into schools because it makes a big difference". On Saturday, his university honored the president with an honorary degree. Falwell endorsed Trump's run for the presidency in January of 2016.
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