Evangelical Leader Jerry Falwell Jr. Calls Liberty University Student ‘Retarded’ In Emails

Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. mocked students, parents, and faculty for years in emails to school administrators, Reuters reports.

The prominent supporter of President Trump wrote in one email that a student at his Virginia-based school was “emotionally imbalanced and physically retarded,” and called the school’s police chief a “half-wit and easy to manipulate.”

In the emails, which span nearly a decade-long period starting in 2008, the evangelical leader insults some Liberty students, calling them “social misfits.”

Ronald Sones, then the dean of the engineering school, was “a bag of hot air” who “couldn’t spell the word ‘profit,’” Falwell wrote in 2011.

The disparaging emails emerge as Falwell battles a rash of negative headlines and scandals.

The Daily Beast notes:

Politico recently reported that Falwell graphically discussed his sex life with employees. Former colleagues have also accused him of funneling university money into real-estate deals, and awarding school contracts to friends, including his personal fitness trainer. Falwell has since claimed that there is a “criminal conspiracy” against him by former board members at the school, and says he has asked the FBI to investigate whether his ex-colleagues broke the law by sharing internal school documents to journalists.


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