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Evangelical Christian leader Jerry Falwell Jr. defended President Donald Trump's comment that there were "very fine people on both sides" in the Charlottesville protests, saying the president "had information I didn't have" about who participated in the demonstration against removal of a Confederate statue in the Virginia city.

Raddatz pressed hard over Trump's remark that there were "very fine people on both sides". "So proud of @realdonaldtrump". A Liberty University spokesman told DailyMail.com on Monday that there are more than 250,000 living alumni of the school, including graduates of its online degree programs.

A group of Liberty graduates has created a Facebook group called "Return your diploma to LU". By 10 a.m. Monday, it had 292 members.

Johnson Hatlem said returning diplomas is an important symbolic statement.

Trump has been criticized - including by many Republicans - for a series of statements after an anti-racist counterprotester was killed by an alleged Nazi sympathizer who drove his vehicle into the crowd.

Alumni who can't find their diplomas are being asked to sign the group letter or write individual letters to Falwell expressing their concerns. "Our voices carry weight for the school, for its donors, for its board, staff and students".

The graduates are protesting university President Jerry Falwell Jr.'s ongoing support for Trump. President Trump prompted outrage for drawing a parity between white supremacists and anti-fascists.

A university spokesman did not respond to an email Sunday requesting comment.

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In an earlier interview with NPR, Gaumer said that in siding with Trump, Falwell was siding with Nazi and white supremacist sympathizers.

"We're asking that Liberty University return to its stated values and accept that the pursuit of power is leading it into some dark places, and really repudiate that", said Georgia Hamann.

'The bold and truthful statements I was referring to were his willingness to call evil and terrorism by its name, to identify the groups, the Nazis, the KKK, the white supremacists, ' Falwell told ABC.

Falwell admitted that Trump could be more "polished" in his public comments, but the reason Falwell is such a fan of the president's is because he does not care about political correctness.

Hamann snapped back at that assessment, saying such praise for someone being politically incorrect without concern over the possible repercussions is "just so troubling". "I know him well".

ABC News had reached out to the White House to book an official who would defend the president, in the aftermath of one of Trump's most politically-damaging weeks, and the administration had pointed to Falwell, one of Trump's biggest backers from the religious, evangelical community.

"I'm not sure if I'm going to sign it myself", Gaumer said.


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