Hypocrisy at the world’s biggest Christian college? Let’s just say shock was in short supply when Politico on Monday, citing dozens of sources, published a deep dive into the antics of Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr.
‘We’re not a school; we’re a real estate hedge fund. We’re not educating; we’re buying real estate every year and taking students’ money to do it.’
That’s what one university official credited with inside knowledge of Liberty’s finances told Politico, which cited several deals in which Falwell, an influential Donald Trump supporter, reportedly used school funds to enrich his own inner circle.
One of those sweetheart deals apparently involved Ben Crosswhite, Falwell’s personal trainer. Liberty University in 2013 upgraded a fitness center so that Falwell and his wife could train there privately. Crosswhite bought the facility at a discount and was paid seven years in advance for Liberty’s use. Crosswhite was reportedly the only prospective buyer allowed to bid.
“Hell of a deal,” a former high-ranking Liberty official was quoted in the story as saying. “We gave Ben everything he asked for.”
As troubling as those, and many other questionable real-estate deals that were cited in the story, may be, the spiciest part of the piece focused on compromising photos and bawdy banter.
School officials said Falwell had a text misfire when he meant to send a “racy” photo of his wife to Crosswhite but instead sent it to several others. This after online buzz had already focused on a “compromising” photo of the Falwells that Reuters reported was covered up by Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen.
What’s more, another official, supported by several further sources, said Falwell is “very, very vocal” about his sex life, and “all he wanted to talk about was how he would nail his wife,” along with several other R-rated details. He also reportedly shared a photo of her dressed in a French maid outfit.
That’s just a taste of what Politico covered in the story, and, of course, Twitter
couldn’t get enough of all the salacious details: