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Published:May 13th, 2017 18:00 EST

A Lynchburg Resident's Take on Donald Trump's Commencement Address at Liberty University

By Robert Paul Reyes

President Donald Trump delivered the commencement address at Liberty University which is located about three miles from my home. I wouldn`t drive three yards to hear Trump speak, but I did watch the spectacle on TV.


Before his big speech Trump was presented with an honorary degree from Liberty University, which carries as much weight as a degree from Trump University.

The president opened his first commencement speech at the evangelical university on Saturday by talking about the size of penis.

Just kidding, Trump managed to refrain from making any vulgar comments lest he offend the sensibilities of the conservative Christian school. Funny how evangelicals aren`t offended by Trump`s health plan that renders health care unaffordable for the elderly and the poor, and his economic policies that punish the poor and give tax breaks to the filthy rich, but they pitch a fit when comedians use obscenities to describe Trump. But I digress ...

Trump did start his speech by bragging about the size of the crowd:

"I`m thrilled to be back at Liberty University. I`ve been here, this is now my third time, and we love setting records, right? We always set records. We have to set records, we have no choice."

He again referred to the size of the crowd later in his speech, saying: "This is a beautiful stadium, and it`s packed. I`m so happy about that."

Trump`s speech was unremarkable: Some platitudes, a few Trumpisms, and a compliment or two for Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. as a reward for his early endorsement.

I could have delivered a speech of equal style and substance - when I was in elementary school. Damn Falwell for shaming Lynchburg, and damn Trump for shaming our country.

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