"He does not have a racist bone in his body - I know him well".
The following prominent Republican leaders have denounced Trump by name: Sen.
They clashed with protesters opposed to their message of hate in the streets, leading to the death of three people - a counter-protester who was mowed down by a vehicle and two Virginia State Police officers who died when their helicopter crashed.
"Anything other than strong condemnation from Trump [of the hate groups] is disappointing", Georgia Hamann, a 2006 LU graduate and attorney in Phoenix, Arizona, who penned a letter to the school on behalf of the participating alumni's behalf, told HuffPost on Sunday.
Falwell accused the media of blowing up Trump comments to embarrass the president and Republicans. Falwell Jr.is the president of a school that once briefly forbid interracial dating.
A university spokesman told NPR that Falwell "wants to make it clear that he considers all hate groups evil and condemns them in every sense of the word".
Those actions, the letter says, "have filled us with shame and anger as alums". "I think he was talking about what he had seen, information that he had that I don't have", Falwell insisted.
The evangelical leader also said Trump "left the door open" to calling the killing of counter-protester Heather Heyer "domestic terrorism" - a term that the president was reluctant to use to describe the violence in Charlottesville.
"It doesn't really get too much more important than this", he said of standing up against the hate groups. Falwell suggested that Trump laid blame to both sides in the Charlottesville clashes because he "has inside information". I know him well.
"I don't believe he supported neo-Nazis, I don't believe he's supporting white supremacists at all", Burns said in an interview with MSNBC on Saturday.
Trump alienated fellow Republicans, corporate leaders and USA allies with his comments about the violence that broke out at a white nationalist protest against the removal of a Confederate statue in Charlottesville.
"One of the reasons I support him is because he doesn't say what's politically correct, he says what's in his heart", Falwell Jr. said. "That's something we haven't seen in presidents in recent years".