Trump To Liberty University Graduates: Critical Thinking Is Useless

Vincent Carr
May 19, 2017

President Donald Trump wasn't in Washington, but the politics the nation's capital embodies wasn't far from his mind after a week of uproar engulfing his administration. "You voted. Boy oh boy, you voted, you voted".

After winning an overwhelming 80 percent of the white evangelical vote in November, Trump returned on Saturday as president to assure students that he still does not take his vow to Champion the Christian faith lightly.

Before the address, Trump and Liberty President Jerry Falwell Jr. stood for the US national anthem.

In his speech, Trump briefly reflected on his almost four months in office. "I am so proud as your president to have helped you along over the past short period of time".

But while the president's speech was greeted with applause Saturday, not all Liberty University students were keen to have Trump as their commencement speaker. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass, told University of Massachusetts-Amherst graduates they should fight for "the principle that no one, no one in this country is above the law and we need a Justice Department, not an obstruction of justice department".

He occasionally sounded self-reflective as he imparted wisdom to the graduates. Trump said. "What imprint will you leave in the sands of history?" "You have to do what you love, or you most likely won't be very successful at it". "Embrace the label, because it's the outsiders who change the world".

Speaking at the graduation ceremony for Liberty University, an evangelical Christian school in Virginia, Donald Trump remarked about America's founding principles and Christian origin to a receptive student audience. The president later added, "Always have the courage to be yourself".

Delivering his first commencement address, Trump said in America people do not worship government, but they worship God. They included speeches at some of the most well-known institutions in the nation. What will future Americans say we did in our brief time right here on earth? "The future belongs to the people who follow their heart, no matter what the critics say, because they truly believe in their vision".

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The speech was Trump's first commencement address and his first extended public appearance since Tuesday, when he abruptly fired FBI Director James Comey, who was investigating Russia's role in last year's US presidential election as well as possible connections between Trump's campaign and the Russian government.

He steered clear of that subject, making only sidelong swipes at his critics.

"No one has ever achieved anything significant without a chorus of critics standing on the sidelines", Trump said. He said that the more people tell them to stop, the more they should keep going.

A Baptist school, Liberty University has an anti-LGBT reputation.

"Remember this: Nothing worth doing ever, ever, ever came easy", Trump said. Trump also received an honorary doctorate from the Baptist-affiliated university in Lynchburg, Va. "I think loyalty to the country, loyalty to the United States is important".

Lanora Hale came from Millville, N.J., to watch her son graduate with a master's degree. "He knew how to win", Trump said. Jerry -Auburn? I don't know about that, Jerry. Trump underscored how the school's founder persevered. Some LGBT advocates have said that language will empower Sessions to find ways to discriminate against LGBT people, such as allowing workers at federal agencies to refuse to process paperwork for same-sex couples in the name of "religious freedom". Trump said, drawing laughs from the crowd as he turned toward Falwell.

Addressing the graduates at the country's largest Christian college in Lynchburg, Va., he spoke mostly in broad, inspirational phrases that, at times, carried more than a trace of the antiestablishment resentment that defined his presidential campaign a year ago.

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