Trump Urges Liberty Graduates to be Outsiders

Posted May 14, 2017

Trump is delivering his first commencement speech as president at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.

This morning, President Donald Trump gave the commencement address at Liberty University to a crowd of more than 50,000 people - his first commencement address since becoming president.

"You aren't going to let other people tell you what to believe, especially when you know that you're right", the president said.

Trump kept to a largely upbeat message during the roughly 30-minute speech, never mentioning his stunning decision this past week to remove James Comey as Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

Despite the gaffe, Liberty's chancellor Jerry Falwell Jr. has been among Trump's most ardent allies throughout the mogul's path to the White House.

"This is about three times the number we had in the past like when a Mitt Romney or someone would come to speak", he said.

"We are ending the sellout of American workers - and lifting the burdens on American industry, manufacturing, and businesses", the President said. "We have to set records, we have no choice".

An early endorser, Falwell continues to be Trump's faithful adviser and ally, and much of Liberty reflects his enthusiasm.

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"As long as I am your president, no one is ever going to stop you from practicing your faith or from preaching what is in your heart", he later added.

"The comments Mr. Trump made 11 years ago were deplorable and I condemn them entirely", Falwell said, according to The Washington Post. Trump's threatening tweet warning Comey that he may have taped private conversations between the two of them has intensified concerns on both sides of the aisle about whether Trump is working to undermine the independence of the nation's top law enforcement agency. Mr. Trump said. "Treat the word "impossible" as nothing more than motivation".

White evangelical voters, Liberty students included, overwhelmingly supported Trump in the presidential election.

Nelson is one of the 18 thousand students graduating Saturday, but she's unique because she'll be standing next to her daughter on graduation day.

Trump also praised the military for its battle against the Islamic State and referred at one point to his recent executive order on religious freedom. "Because it's the outsiders who change the world and make a lasting difference".

"In my short time in Washington, I've seen first-hand how the system is broken", he said. "And we got it". "In America, we don't worship government".

"What will you give back to this country and indeed to the world?" What imprint will you leave in the sands of history? It will be the second graduation speech at Liberty by a sitting president, following George H.W. Bush's to the Class of 1990. Did we challenge accepted wisdom and take on established systems?