ABC News reports Jerry Falwell, Jr. has agreed to “take an indefinite leave of absence from his roles as President and Chancellor of Liberty University” in the aftermath of his posting then deleting photos on social media with his arm around a young woman and his pants unzipped.
As the firestorm began, Falwell gave an interview to radio station WLNI explaining the photo was taken during a ‘costume party’ while on vacation.
“I was like … trying to like … I had a pair of jeans on that I hadn’t worn in a long time and couldn’t get mine zipped either,” Falwell said on the air.
Falwell has come under fire in recent months for his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic regarding students being on campus.
Falwell, a huge supporter of Donald Trump, has served since 2007 as president of the Lynchburg university founded by his father, the late evangelist the Rev. Jerry Falwell.
Walking, talking disaster Jerry Falwell, Jr. has been asked to take indefinite leave from Liberty University.
Really bizarre how all these Cult of the Shining City, prosperity gospel, white-identity evangelical folks end up being grifters and embarrassing hypocrites, yeah?
— Jared Yates Sexton (@JYSexton) August 7, 2020
Jerry Falwell, Jr. doesn't even a lead double life. He openly spends half his time pushing the same Christian extremist nonsense of the Religious Right and the other half openly flaunting it in his personal escapades. The guy is a sloppy hypocrite.
— Charlotte Clymer 🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) August 7, 2020
Jerry Falwell taking leave from Liberty University to spend more time with his family. And finish getting dressed.
— Karen Tumulty (@ktumulty) August 7, 2020
Imagine posting this while living on the dorms.
This would have been at least one required meeting with the office of student leadership or Resident Director
I’m not for legalism, but I do think we should keep figureheads accountable for how they represent their community pic.twitter.com/UiTpnT5ENZ
— Give Me Liberty-Post Grad (@People_Of_LU) August 3, 2020
So strange at so many levels. Why are their pants unzipped? Is that his daughter? Is “black water” a euphemism? And does he earn enough as a president of a small university to own a yacht?
— Jules (@julietfes) August 4, 2020