U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is slated to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday morning to address the sexual assault allegations leveled against him, and he’ll have the support of a chorus of students from Liberty University, one of the nation’s largest Christian colleges.
Jerry Falwell, Jr., president of Liberty, announced Wednesday morning during the university’s weekly convocation service that Concerned Women for America CEO Penny Nance, who serves on Liberty’s board of trustees, reached out to him, offering to pay to bus 150 students from Lynchburg, Virginia, to Washington, D.C., to voice their support for Kavanaugh.
Falwell, excited about the opportunity, doubled the number, volunteering to foot the bill for another 150 students to travel to the nation’s capital, increasing the number of students to 300.
“Liberty’s only three hours from Washington, D.C., so we try to give our students the opportunity to get involved in national politics,” Falwell explained. “[Nance] called me this week and said Yale is sending a large group of students to protest tomorrow the appointment of Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.”
Yale students holding a sit in this morning in the Law School building are seeking an investigation of sexual misconduct allegations against SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh, including one while he was a Yale student pic.twitter.com/hC898TVEsr
— Rebecca Lurye (@RebeccaLurye) September 24, 2018
The university president went on to tell students that if they wanted to be excused from classes Thursday to “counter what the Yale students are doing, support Judge Kavanaugh, we’ve got 300 spots for you.”
“We hope you’ll take advantage of the opportunity to make a difference in national politics,” he added.
Falwell’s offer comes as Kavanaugh is facing sexual misconduct allegations from a handful of women, chief among them Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who claimed roughly two weeks ago that the jurist pinned her down on a bed and proceeded to grope her during a party the two allegedly attended when they were teenagers.
Kavanaugh, for his part, has vehemently denied Ford’s accusation and has no recollection of any such party or encounter.
Faithwire reached out to Falwell, but had not received a response by press time. If Falwell issues a statement, this story will be updated to include his comments.