Top GOP Lawmaker Demands Jerry Falwell Jr. Step Down Amid Unzipped Pants Photo Controversy

A top House Republican lawmaker is calling for Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr.’s resignation amid backlash over a controversial photo of him circulating on social media.

Rep. Mark Walker (R-N.C.) — a former pastor who serves on a music faculty advisory board at the university — took to Twitter on Thursday with critical remarks toward Falwell, describing his behavior as “appalling.”

“Jerry Falwell Jr’s ongoing behavior is appalling,” Walker tweeted. “As a Music Faculty Advisory Board Member and former instructor [Liberty University], I’m convinced Falwell should step down. None of us are perfect, but students, faculty, alumni, and [LUPraise] deserve better.”

Walker’s remarks come just days after faced a barrage of criticism over the photo. As the head of a collegiate institution with a foundation built of strong Christian principles, many have deemed the photo inappropriate.

Amid criticism, Falwell has offered an explanation and apology for the viral since-deleted Instagram post. During a radio interview with WLNI 105.9FM, Falwell noted that the photo of him and his wife’s assistant was taken on a yacht while on vacation.

“She’s pregnant so she couldn’t get her — she couldn’t get her pants up. And I was like, trying to like — my — I had on pair of jeans that I hadn’t worn in a long time so I couldn’t get mine zipped either,” Falwell explained.

He continued, “So, I just put my belly out like hers,” saying, “She’s my wife’s assistant she’s a sweetheart. I should have never put it up and embarrassed her.”

Noting that he has already apologized once, Falwell — who has been president of Liberty University since 2007 — also appeared to dismiss his own behavior as he insisted he will “try to be a good boy” going forward.

“I’ve apologized to everybody. I promised my kids I will try to be a good boy from here on out,” he said.

Responses

  1. Rep. Mark Walker needs to read Stuart Stevens latest book. “It Was All A Lie. How The Republican Party Became Donald Trump” The faux moral outrage is no longer is believable.

  2. “doesn’t this “top lawmaker” have more important issues to deal with?” I Ching

    I am still confused as to why you are so selfish and won’t help your fellow IJR members to be able to make replies the way you can.

    So long as the “top lawmaker” is distracted from harming Americans even more than he already has, let him think what he wants.

  3. Rhetorical question: doesn’t this “top lawmaker” have more important issues to deal with?

    Surely there’s a hangnail out there that needs legislating.

  4. Next up….forced resignations of those with mismatched socks.
    It’s not like he’s dangling his Falwell outside his pants.

    What’s next? People who wear plaid with stripes should be burned alive. White after Labor Day will require tar & feathers. Socks and sandals will justify torture (go dig up some Roman legionnaires).

    Yes, the fashion police will be the new Inquisition. As if the Karens didn’t have anything else to do with their lives. They don’t.

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