The president returned to his outsider message in his address to the evangelical Christian university's graduating class.
President Trump is presented with an honorary doctorate about 31 minutes into the commencement ceremony and begins his address immediately after that.
The president also offered a robust defense of public faith in American life, saying graduates shouldn't let other people tell them what do believe, "especially when you know that you're right".
"Be totally unafraid to challenge entrenched interests and failed power structures", he said, adding, "Does that sound familiar, by the way?" Trump underscored how the school's founder persevered.
"We are Liberty students who are disappointed with President Falwell's endorsement and are exhausted of being associated with one of the worst presidential candidates in American history", the group's statement read.
The capper came last week, when the President issued an executive order that enables religious leaders and houses of worship to engage in political advocacy on moral issues without fear of any adverse legal action.
"[Trump] is greatly looking forward to visiting with Liberty students and faculty who gave him such a warm welcome previous year", Spicer said on Friday.
Liberty's president, Jerry Falwell Jr., the son of the late televangelist and conservative activist, is seen as having helped Trump win 80 percent of the white evangelical vote.
The White House has as of Friday already started conversations with some of the candidates, but the sources caution that the list is fluid and could change.
President Donald Trump has urged graduates of a Christian university to follow their convictions but to also be willing to stand up to criticism from others who do not have the courage to do what is right.
"They used to be about academic freedom and free exchange of ideas", Falwell told Fox News. Remember that? This time, Trump was very careful not to make another misstep in front of a crowd of devout Christians.
"There is nothing easier or more pathetic than being a critic", Trump said.
Trump's previous visit to Liberty during the campaign resulted in a much-maligned gaffe when he referred to a book of the Bible as "Two Corinthians" (it is traditionally described as "Second Corinthians)". 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".
"Honestly, we have deep ideological differences with Donald Trump and with Liberty University to be honest", said Nick Castanes, the chairman of Seven Hills. "Jerry, Auburn? I don't know about that, James".
President Trump's presence caused certain Liberty University graduates to wear Trump stuff instead of mortarboards, like red Make America Great Again hats.
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