Evangelical leader Jerry Falwell Jr., the head of Liberty University and a prominent supporter of President Donald Trump, denied the explosive allegations made in a Politico story that dropped this week. He also claimed to be the victim of an “attempted coup” at the university.
But at least one of Falwell’s denials is already falling apart. He denied being on the Miami party scene at the Wall club in 2014.
“There was no picture snapped of me at Wall nightclub or any other nightclub,” Falwell said, and claimed any image showing as much was “photo-shopped.”
Politico posted the images on its website. Then, after Falwell’s “photo-shop” accusation, the agency that provided the pics stepped in.
“For 21 years, I have maintained an impeccable reputation for documenting Miami Beach’s storied social scene,” wrote Seth Browarnik, founder of the World Red Eye photo agency.
Browarnik said he initially didn’t know why Politico was interested in buying one of his 2014 images. When Browarnik learned that it was because Falwell was one of the partiers ― and that the evangelical leader had claimed it was a fake ― he searched his archives and located more pictures of Falwell and his son, Trey Falwell, then posted the images on his website.
Browarnik told The Miami Herald that Falwell’s accusation had motivated him to dig through his archives to find more.
“If you want to say you weren’t there, fine. But going and saying I ’photo-shopped?” he said. “This is coming after my livelihood and reputation, which is pristine.”
Twitter users also slammed Falwell for “hypocrisy,” especially given that, as Politico reported, Liberty University restricts co-ed dancing and forbids drinking:
— Rep. Jared Huffman (@JaredHuffman) September 10, 2019
Just another fundamentalist hypocrite. https://t.co/rwcifmOZvG
— Tom Miller (@Tomtomcov37) September 11, 2019
Who knew that Jerry Falwell had dance moves? Story by @HowardCohen w/photo by @worldredeye shows the President of the conservative @LibertyU having a good time at a posh Miami Beach nightclub in July 2014. https://t.co/ZmKwXlEzFa
— julie k. brown (@jkbjournalist) September 10, 2019
Jerry Falwell, Jr. is not only America's Second Worst Christian, he's also that dude who's the oldest person in the club.
— Mrs. Betty Bowers (@BettyBowers) September 10, 2019
Jerry Falwell Jr has got to be the strangest, creepiest character out of all the weirdos in Evangelical-dom …and we need a new vocabulary to describe him. I mean…to call Falwell a hypocrite is not fair to the rest of the normal hypocrites…#FallwellCrimeFamily
— Phil Brandt (@blackhook) September 10, 2019
"Finding him in the crowd is like a ‘Where’s Waldo?'" https://t.co/NI4CDVLJ2E
— William Gallo (@GalloVOA) September 11, 2019
Mr. Falwell, you're not Trump. Don't double down on a lie when you're caught. Because when you do … this happens. https://t.co/ksBEk4VBEz
— Tami (Justice Time) Matthews (@geekgirlden) September 11, 2019
Liberty University is notoriously strict about alcohol consumption & students can receive demerits for co-ed dancing & be expelled for drinking Me: The usual GOP example of "do as I say & not as I do"New Photos Emerge of Falwell at Miami Nightclub https://t.co/1nWNxDSF1M
— JoeFaz™® VetsResistSquadron (@joefaz) September 11, 2019
— Mike 🏳️🌈 (@ScottsHusband) September 11, 2019
I couldn’t care less about Jerry Falwell Jr being in a Miami nightclub. It’s the authoritarian, fear mongering, wrapping your lies and hate in religiosity, and leading a culture of shame that inflames me. https://t.co/dgGry4bCvh
— Brittany Pounders (@LibertyBritt) September 11, 2019 Download REAL LIFE. REAL NEWS. REAL VOICES. Help us tell more of the stories that matter from voices that too often remain unheard. Join HuffPost Plus