Jerry Falwell Jr. on President Trump: He 'doesn't say what's politically correct'

Trump supporter and Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. joins "This Week."
10:36 | 08/20/17

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Transcript for Jerry Falwell Jr. on President Trump: He 'doesn't say what's politically correct'
If the president and Bannon do go to war with fellow Republicans, they'll likely count on support from evangelical laezers. Long some of the president's closest allies. When we asked the white house for an official to appear today to speak on behalf of the president, they pointed us to our next guest, evangelical leader and liberty university president Jerry fallwell Jr. He was an early supporter. They were together again in may of this year. When president trump returned to liberty university to deliver the commencement address. We must always remember that we share one home and one glorious destiny. Whether we are brown, black, or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots. And jer ry Falwell Jr. Joins us now. You praised the the president's bold, truthful statement about charlottesville. The president said there were very fine people on both sides. Who were those very fine people marching with the neo Nazis. The bold and truthful statements I was talking about was the willingness to identify the groups, the Nazis, the kkk, the white supremacists. By name. That is something a leader should do. President trump is something we haven't had in national leadership in a long time. He's substance over form. So many of our politicians, recent leaders, national leaders, have been form over substance. They tell people what they want to hear. They sugar-coat everything. They have sugar-coated everything. I think the American people have gotten sort of -- thin-skinned and -- I think they need to listen to the substance of what he said. The only groups he identified by name as evil and causing what happened were the Nazis, kkk, and extremists. He said there were very fine people on both sides. Do you believe there were very fine people on both sides? He has inside information that I don't have. I don't know if there were historical purists there. He had information I didn't have. I believe he spoke what was -- I think he saw videos of who was there. I think he was talking about what he had seen. Information that he had that I don't have. All I know is it was pure evil. The media has tried to paint this as Republican versus Democrat, black versus white. Jew versus gentile. It's pure evil versus good. We all need to unite behind that. Behind stopping evil, with whether it's Timothy Mcveigh, the terrorist in Oklahoma City. Muslim terrorists in Barcelona. Somebody flying a plane into the world trade center. It's all evil. But when you say things like that, you say it's all evil, but you say you're so proud of Donald Trump, that's the message that resonated. It didn't resonate that you think he might have information. The chair of the RNC said on "Good morning America" this week that the second people who joined that demonstration saw Nazi flags, they should have turned tail. The second you join a group that has a Nazi flag or is joining the kkk, there is no good there. There is no good kkk member. There is no nice neo-nazi. So I'm still intrigued by your idea that Donald Trump knows somehow there were good people there. I don't know that to be the case. It's totally true what you said. There's no good kkk. No good white supremacist. I have lived in lynchburg, Virginia, for years. Went to the university in charlottesville. I have never met a white supremist member of hate group in all my years in that part of the country. That is not what our central Virginia community is like. Terry Mcauliffe, our governor, was right. These people needed to go home. There were no very fine people onned that that side? I don't have that information. Those people are pure evil. The sec stair of the treasury said this morning that Donald Trump does not believe there is any moral E ququivalent si. You should turn tail if there are neo Nazis there. You're staying you're still not sure if there are fine people on that said. If something showed up and found themselves March a ING alongside people like that, they should walk away. Susan bro, the mother of the woman killed in the car attack, Heather Heyer, said she would not talk to president trump. Let's listen. I saw an actual clip of him at a press conference equating the protesters, like miss Heyer, with the kkk and the white supremacists. You can't wash this one away by shaking my hand and saying I'm sorry. What would you say to that mother? I think the president has made it very clear that there is no moshl equivalency. There's no moral equivalence si between that and somebody driving his car into a crowd because he hates people of other races. That's wrong. That's just evil. There's no two ways about it. The president has made that clear. His secretary of the treasury said it this morning. Do you think he could have been clearer? We heard Republicans on the hill. You have heard -- One of the reasons I supported him is because he doesn't say what's politically correct. He says what is is in his heart. What he believes. Sometimes that gets him in trouble. He does not have a racist bone in his body. I know him well. He is working so hard to help minorities and people in the inner cities up through -- he says school choice is the civil rights issue of our time. Betsy Devos has been traveling the country trying to promote school choice to help inner city youth get to choose which schools they attend. He's doing so many other things to bring job back to the inner city. Let's stay with this for a moment. An NPR report says a growing number of liberty university graduates are preparing to return their dep loam mas because of your continuing support to president trump. One alum said it was a simple decisi decision. In defending the president's comments, Jerry Falwell is making the university come police sit. Some he misunderstands my support. He calls the terrorist groups by their name. We haven't seen presidents in recent years do that. When you endorsed Mr. Trump last year in an op-ed, you criticized president Obama over his handling of ISIS saying his policies had the intended or unintended effect of breathing life into the lungings of the terrorist group adding that president Obama and Hillary Clinton signal to islamic state leaders that they had no intent of challenging them or calling radical islamic terrorism by name. If that is is what you believe, is president trump not making the mistake of calling them domestic terrorism. Is there he's calling help by name. He's calling the the Nazis, the white supremacists evil. He's not calling it domestic terrorism. He said you can called it terrorism, murder, whatever you want. Why hasn't he called it domestic terrorism. He said that is something for the officials to determine. Call it what you want. He said it was pure evil. The driver of that car is nothing but a murderer. How clear is -- He's the president. How clear can he be? I don't understand. He could be clearer by calling it domestic terrorism. You don't think he needs to do it because other officials said it? Words matter. He's the one that was criticizing, and you, too, for not calling it islamic terror. I'm not sure his words. He never said it was not terrorism. Okay. He left the door open for that. Yes. Do you think he could be careful in his words? All of us could. All of us could. He's not politically correct. Not so concerned about ree hearsing and his focus group in every statement he makes. That unites the nation. Do you feel he's uniting the nation? I feel like he's -- after that -- after I heard his statement the other day, I didn't hear anything there that would offend somebody. I started speaking with friends in the jewish community in charlottesville. And some of my friends -- I have a very good friend, president of the largest historically black college in the United States. Hampton university. We started having conversations. They started to explain to me how insecure and scared they felt that day when terrorists, these groups were walking up and down the sidewalk up and down their synagogue. I understand how good people can hear the same statement and take way didn't things from it. After hearing that, I -- I -- I understand how some people can misunderstand his words. And -- yes. I think he could -- he could -- he could be more -- he could be more polished and more politically correct. But that's the reason I supported him. He's not. He says what he thinks. And he is bold about it. I admire that in a leader. Thank you for joining us this morning, Mr. Falwell. I appreciate it.

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