By Rebecca Savransky
Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. on Sunday offered praise for Donald Trump, saying the president-elect's platform during his campaign resonated with evangelicals and Christians.
a new hope, an optimism. There's a good spirit in America," Falwell
said during a Christmas Day appearance on "Fox News Sunday."
"And I think that's coming from his lead."
said he endorsed Trump because he saw him as someone who "really loved
the American people" and was "for the working man."
was sort of a gamble because I didn't know where he'd come down on all
the issues, but because I believed he was a good man, I believed he
would come down on the right side of the issues and he's done that in
the last year and I've been proud of him," he said.
"So much was at stake, I just couldn't afford to stay silent."
He admitted the president-elect "never pretended to be a theologian."
"And I said all through the campaign that we're not electing a pastor-in-chief," Falwell said.
have to find the candidate who is most likely to support all the values
that we hold dear. And Evangelicals aren't that much different than the
Falwell added it's been exciting to watch the president-elect assemble his cabinet.
"I think what Trump is doing with his cabinet is assembling a dream team," he said.
the white evangelical vote by historic margins, taking a bigger share
with the group than recent GOP presidential nominees Mitt Romney, John McCain and even President George W. Bush did, according to exit polls.