LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Donald Trump, Jr. made a stop at Liberty University on Wednesday for their Convocation.
It was part of his book tour, promoting “Triggered: How the Left Thrives on Hate and Wants to Silence Us.”
His girlfriend, former Fox News personality Kimberly Guilfoyle and Charlie Kirk, the chairman of Students for Trump, joined him on stage.
Students at the event were excited to hear about the book and the Trump presidency, but that wasn’t the main focus of today’s talk.
The event began with a few minutes of discussing the book and the writing process, but the conversation quickly veered off into unexpected territory.
Much of today’s discussion was about The View.
Trump, Jr. and Guilfoyle appeared on the talk show last week, and Trump felt attacked.
“You had me on here to talk about my book,” said Trump on Wednesday, “you don’t ask me a single question about my book. Even the sort of, you know let’s call them psuedo-conservatives on the show were in attack mode.”
Student Elizabeth Brooks, an admitted critic of President Trump, found that confusing.
“I think it was over half of the convocation,” she said, “and I think that’s strange, because the view isn’t our demographic. That’s certainly not targeted towards teenage college kids, 20-somethings.”
As did Trump supporter Austin Armentrout.
“I was a little bothered by that,” he said. “They spent a lot of time on the view, and I don’t watch the view, I don’t know many people that do, so it really, it wasn’t what I wanted to hear.”
There were brief comments on the Trump presidency.
“All-time low unemployment numbers for Hispanics, for women, for African-Americans, for literally every demographic,” said Trump, Jr., “all time high, start-up businesses, 6.3 million people off of food stamps.”
Then he made an off-the-cuff remark that caught many by surprise.
“I troll everybody, baby. I hate everybody equally, okay?”
This upset Armentrout.
“If you’re going to come to a Christian university, I definitely don’t think you should use that kind of rhetoric, especially when we’re taught that everybody is made in the image of god.”
Brooks was also taken aback.
“I think that’s very damaging in reputation, especially if you’re going to call yourself a Christian.”
There were some cheers and applause from this audience over accomplishments of the Trump Administration. It was a pro-Trump crowd, as one can expect at Liberty.
But before the event started, some students said they were hoping to hear about the 2020 election or the public impeachment hearings, which got underway just a half-hour before Wednesday’s convocation.
Those topics weren’t discussed very much at all.
We were told Donald Trump, Jr. was not available for any questions.