Liberty University was founded by Jerry Falwell in 1971, in Lynchburg, Virginia. And Jerry Falwell was a segregationist who badmouthed Martin Luther King, Jr, James Farmer, and Desmond Tutu, and encouraged his followers to invest in the Apartheid regime in South Africa.

So, really, Liberty University is a wholly inappropriate place to go to celebrate Martin Luther King Day.

But that’s exactly what Donald Trump did.

I doubt his schedulers were oblivious to the symbolism here.

I could go off on a long riff on this, but the decision making speaks for itself.

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