Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. speaks during the final day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland on July 21, 2016. Photo courtesy of Reuters/Brian Snyder

White House confirms Jerry Falwell Jr. on education task force

(RNS) Jerry Falwell Jr., president of Liberty University and a vocal supporter of President Trump, will be part of a planned task force on higher education, the White House confirmed.

According to Falwell, who spoke to The Chronicle of Higher Education, he will be one of 15 college presidents who will participate. Falwell told Politico, "we haven't had any substantive discussions on the issues yet."

Not much is known about the task force, which was first mentioned by Falwell in January — about the time he said Trump asked him to be the secretary of education, a post that instead went to another conservative Christian, Betsy DeVos.

Last week, Politico Pro reported the task force was not happening — before reporting later the same day that it was, with Falwell on board. Doubt may have stemmed from fact that Trump failed to mention it in his remarks at Liberty University's May 13 graduation or at the Faith and Freedom Coalition on June 9 — both ideal places to announce such a force.

And on May 31, the Department of Education issued a letter that did not include Falwell on a list of people who would work under its authority on a task force on regulation rollbacks.

Then Sunday, a White House spokesman confirmed Falwell will participate in a separate White House task force, also on higher education.

"This is a White House task force and not a Department of Education task force," Falwell told Politico.

Any task force on education that includes an evangelical leader of Falwell's stature — he is the son of televangelist Jerry Falwell — is sure to please religious conservatives, a major component of the president's base.



  1. He is not a reverend. He is an attorney. I am not supporting him, but get your facts straight.
    Does this evidence bias?

  2. Well, here we go again. Trumps appoints to appease his base and doesn’t give a fig for what is really needed for higher education. I get it that anyone elected president is going to appoint those who are in agreement with his agenda and priorities, but Trump needs real experts with a deep and broad experience. And, he needs to hear from people who don’t necessarily agree with each other, but bring a variety of viewpoints.

  3. Trump is a horrifying narcissistic clown whose codependency and anger will do nothing but create chaos. Please, make this nightmare end. He and his administration are not good for this country. Not one bit.

  4. I seriously doubt that Falwell will have any significant impact on higher education (other than schools such as his).

  5. thanks to the author Kimberly Winston for quickly correcting the mistake about Jerry Jr. being a reverend. And for the record, she denies being biased about it, and I believe her.

  6. Yes, this was about Trump;s base, which he clearly fees he most shore up. Meanwhile the State Department is a ghost town, with dozens of important positions left vacant, multiple countries have no US ambassador — and Trump took time to put Falwell on this task force.

  7. Yeah, but don’t forget…a citizenry gets the leader it deserves. Our sorry asses DO deserve Trump, I hate to state.

  8. The caption under the picture should read

    I have a concealed hand gun in my right rear pocket and this is how I shoot it. The picture you see behind me is what I look like after I blow the smoke off my finger.

  9. The most virrulently angry Donald Trump hater could not have said it better than you have here!

  10. He and his ilk have been trying to destroy anything resembling education for decades. They want to substitute heretical religious indoctrination for learning, much like what is “taught” in Madrassas.

  11. Why must some people insert their mythical beliefs into politics?
    What part of the First Amendment do you not understand?

  12. Religion is institutionalized hear/say, perpetuated by ignorance, fear, peer-pressure, and control-freaks.

  13. No! Have you had YOUR pussy grabbed today? You seem to need it pretty bad! Hope you/it gets grabbed soon!

  14. This man is a fake Christian. His life and works are evil and criminal beyond the wildest dreams of most.

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