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.