Liberty University President Jerry Falwell, Jr. has recorded a new radio ad for the Donald Trump campaign, just days before the Presidential election on November 8.
The ad opens with Falwell introducing himself and asking listeners to join him in supporting Donald Trump for President on November 8. He then goes on to quote Mark 12:17.
“I believe Jesus was instructing us to be good citizens and to vote when he said render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s,” Falwell says in the ad. “We have the power to defend the right to life, our religious liberties, the Second Amendment, and the State of Israel, but we must vote.”
“The stakes have never been higher,” Falwell continues. “As conservative Christians, we cannot allow our Supreme Court to be stacked with liberal justices who will transform America and threaten our freedoms.”
Falwell closes by asking Christians to join him in standing up for “freedom and our shared Christian values,” by voting for Donald Trump.
Falwell’s support for Trump is certainly not new. He became one of the first evangelical leaders to endorse Trump on January 26, calling him “A successful executive and entrepreneur, a wonderful father and a man who I believe can lead our country to greatness again.”
This is also not the first radio ad that Falwell has appeared in for Trump. In January, the Trump campaign featured Falwell’s comments praising Trump in a 60-second radio ad that ran in Iowa and South Carolina.
That ad used short clips from Falwell’s introduction of Trump at a Liberty University convocation.
“Matthew 7:16 tells us, ‘By their fruits ye shall know them.’ Donald Trump’s life has borne fruit, fruit that has provided jobs to multitudes of people,” Falwell said. “I have seen first-hand that his staff loves him and is loyal to him because of his servant leadership. In my opinion, Donald Trump lives a life of loving and helping others as Jesus taught in the Great Commandment.”
Falwell has consistently been one of Trump’s most outspoken evangelical supporters. After a tape leaked last month of Trump making obscene comments about women, Falwell defended him. “We’re all sinners, every one of us. We’ve all done things we wish we hadn’t,” Falwell said. “We’re never going to have a perfect candidate unless Jesus Christ is on the ballot.”
While Falwell has been outspoken about his support for Trump, other evangelical leaders have been outspoken in protest of his support.
After Falwell endorsed Trump back in January, ERLC President Russell Moore appeared to subtweet Falwell, tweeting, “Evangelicals can love a golden calf, as long as Aaron promises to make Mexico pay for it.”