Conservative Columnist Peter Wehner Claims Jerry Falwell Jr. Is ‘Under the Dark Spell of Donald Trump’

(PHOTO: REUTERS/DAVE KAUP) U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (R) shakes hands with co-headliner Jerry Falwell Jr., leader of the nation’s largest Christian university, during a campaign event at the Orpheum Theatre in Sioux City, Iowa January 31, 2016.
(PHOTO: REUTERS/DAVE KAUP)
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (R) shakes hands with co-headliner Jerry Falwell Jr., leader of the nation’s largest Christian university, during a campaign event at the Orpheum Theatre in Sioux City, Iowa January 31, 2016.

Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. is “under the dark spell of Donald Trump,” according to a column published in the National Review.

Peter Wehner, senior fellow at the conservative Ethics and Public Policy Center, penned a recent column in objection to Falwell’s endorsement of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

“Falwell has fallen under the dark spell of Donald Trump. That is not a crime, but it is having a corrosive effect on his intellectual and moral judgment. He is saying witless and defamatory things,” wrote Wehner.

“In his private life, Falwell may be a devout man, but in his role as Donald Trump’s flatterer, defender, and attack dog, he has pushed Christ to the rear. His politics are damaging his public Christian witness.”

Of particular objection by Wehner was a column authored by Falwell and published in The Washington Post earlier this month.

“I chose to personally support Donald Trump for president early on and referred to him as America’s blue-collar billionaire at the Republican National Convention because of his love for ordinary Americans and his kindness, generosity and bold leadership qualities,” argued Falwell.

“We are at a crossroads where our first priority must be saving our nation. We need a leader with qualities that resemble those of Winston Churchill, and I believe that leader is Donald Trump. As Churchill did, Trump possesses the resolve to put his country first and to never give up in a world that is increasingly hostile to our values.”

Wehner took issue with both the claim that Trump was akin to Churchill and that he can be described as kind and generous.

“Winston Churchill was arguably the greatest orator of the 20th century; in the 21st, Trump is among the most banal. Churchill possessed extraordinary knowledge of history and policy; Trump is the most ignorant major-party candidate in U.S. history,” countered Wehner.

“Falwell praises Trump for his ‘kindness’ and ‘generosity.’ What a curious way to refer to a man who has mocked a former prisoner of war, the grieving mother of a war hero, and a reporter with a physical disability.”

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SOURCE: The Christian Post
Michael Gryboski