Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King tweeted criticism of President Donald Trump's commencement address Saturday at Liberty University, the nation's largest evangelical Christian university, and called it the "largest KKK rally in modern American history."
King's tweet came Saturday afternoon, the same day Trump delivered an address to students and faculty at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. Liberty's president, Jerry Falwell Jr., was an avid supporter of Trump throughout the 2016 election.
"I do not believe that any president in our lifetimes has done so much that has benefited the Christian community in such a short timespan than Donald Trump," Falwell said Saturday while introducing Trump.
"President Trump ventured into politics at a time when our nation has never been more polarized. He deserves our respect and admiration for enduring relentless and often dishonest attacks from the media, the establishment on the left and the right, and from academia," Falwell continued.
Jerry Falwell Jr.: No other president "in our lifetimes has done so much that has benefited the Christian community" so quickly as Trump. pic.twitter.com/ZROfovWGzc
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) May 13, 2017
As Trump delivered the commencement address, some students took off their mortarboards and replaced them with red "Make America Great Again" hats," as Washington Post reporter Jenna Johnson noted.
Some Liberty University graduates swapped out their mortarboards for red Make America Great Again hats for Trump's… https://t.co/5cykQoUNq6— Jenna Johnson (@Jenna Johnson) 1494686499.0
This led King to call the event the "largest KKK rally in modern American history."
"This event is not about Christianity, but white supremacy," King tweeted.
Largest KKK rally in modern American history. This event is not about Christianity, but white supremacy. https://t.co/mrZKqp0Uaa— Shaun King (@Shaun King) 1494698395.0
King later clarified that the comment was "not hyperbole."
"I want to be perfectly clear. I meant my earlier tweets on Evangelical Christianity, White Supremacy, & Liberty University. Not hyperbole," King wrote.
I want to be perfectly clear. I meant my earlier tweets on Evangelical Christianity, White Supremacy, & Liberty University. Not hyperbole.— Shaun King (@Shaun King) 1494735559.0