Liberty University is allowing up to 300 students to miss classes Thursday in order to give Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh support in Washington, D.C., and counter Yale University protesters.
“If you want to be excused from classes tomorrow, go to Washington and counter what the Yale students are doing, [and] support Judge Kavanaugh, we’ve got 300 spots for you,” Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. said at the school’s convocation Wednesday, according to a Facebook video posted by Liberty.
Falwell made the announcement after Liberty University alumnus and head of Concerned Women for America (CWA) Penny Nance offered to pay for 150 students to go and support Kavanaugh.
“We agreed to match that,” Falwell said. “We’re going to send buses for 150 more.”
CWA, a public policy women’s organization, will be holding an “I Stand With Brett” rally on Capitol Hill from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., according to a press release.
“Senate Democrats continue to use dirty tricks, threats, and lies to smear a decent man and delay the process of confirming Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court,” Nance said, the media advisory stated. “Enough is enough!” (RELATED: School Board Member Shares Kavanaugh Accusation Joke, Activist Group Asks Her To Resign)
Yale students started protesting Kavanaugh on Monday after Deborah Ramirez’s allegation was reported in The New Yorker, where she accused Kavanaugh of exposing himself at a college party in the 1983-84 school year, The Associated Press reported. Some students staged a sit-in at the university while others traveled to the district to protest Kavanaugh’s nomination.
Christine Blasey Ford was the first person to accuse Kavanaugh of forcing himself onto her at a party when they were in high school. Ramirez was the second accuser.
Kavanaugh has denied the allegations.
The convocation featured Turning Point USA’s Communication Director Candace Owens, where her speech focused on victim mentality.
The university hosts regular convocations on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, according to Liberty’s website.
Falwell indicated that students will need to leave the Virginia campus around 2:30 a.m for those traveling to the district.
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