In 2015, the race for the White House began.
On June 16, 2015, Donald Trump announced his candidacy for the Presidency.
Liberty University's President, Jerry Falwell Jr., announced his support for Donald Trump early in the race, calling him "a successful executive and entrepreneur, a wonderful father and a man who I believe can lead our country to greatness again" (Costa 2016).
The student protests and the resignation of longtime faculty member, Mark DeMoss, were clear signs for President Falwell of unrest on the campus. He responded by saying, "any time you support a candidate, and you’re an official at a university, you just to have to accept the fact that a large percentage of the community is not going to agree with you" (Ambrosino 2016).
In regards to whether or not President Falwell should avoid speaking publicly on political issues, one unnamed Liberty professor said, "part of the sacrifice of leadership should involve giving up some of his own freedoms in order to be a better steward of the public image of the university and the thousands of people associated with it" (Costa 2016).
In a world full of confusion and misperception, President Falwell should continue to focus on furthering the cause of Christ, rather than promoting a political candidate.