As we have noted over the last few days, there has been a bit of confusion over the remarks that Donald Trump recently delivered at Liberty University when he told the students at this Christian university: “Don’t let people take advantage; get even!”
Trump, of course, is standing by his remarks and so is Liberty University, as chancellor and president Jerry Falwell Jr. told Newsmax that Trump’s Convocation speech was “probably the best one in the history of the school” and that his message of “get even” was not “contrary to what Jesus taught at all”:
The excitement was palpable in the room and the students were just so enthusiastic and excited about Mr. Trump’s visit. And it was probably the best Convocation – we have three Convocation’s a week here; have for years – probably the best one in the history of the school and I’ve heard that from literally hundreds of students that feel the same way and it was really a great day for Liberty University and we’ve made a great new friend in Donald Trump.
You know, Jesus … the Associated Press article quoted where Jesus said turn the other cheek, but Jesus also ran the money-changers out of the temple in anger with a whip. And so there is a time to be tough, there’s a time to, I wouldn’t necessarily say get even, but there’s a time to look out for yourself and for your family and for your country and to defend yourself and I don’t think that’s contrary to what Jesus taught at all.