Anti-Trump column pulled from Liberty University student newspaper

FILE - In a Jan. 31, 2016 file photo, Jerry Falwell Jr., president of Liberty University, smiles as he listens to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, left, at a rally, in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Tiny cracks have appeared in evangelical support for Donald Trump in the maelstrom surrounding the newly released 2005 video of his vulgar comments about women. But conservative Christian support for the Republican nominee, which has confounded many inside and outside evangelicalism, seems to be holding for now. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. had a student’s sports column pulled from the school’s newspaper that focused on vulgar comments made by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and the notion of “locker room talk.”

Joel Schmieg tells news outlets he was surprised when he learned his article wasn’t getting published in the Oct. 18 edition of the weekly student newspaper.

Falwell said the evangelical school’s newspaper was already publishing a medical student’s pro-Hillary Clinton letter to the editor on the Opinion page, making Schmieg’s column “redundant.”

Falwell has continued to support Trump in the wake of vulgar comments the candidate made about women in a 2005 video. Trump has dismissed the comments, calling it “locker room talk,” but former athlete Schmieg argued that is no excuse.

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