Jerry Falwell Jr. Endorses Donald Trump Along With a Surprise Endorser

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These endorsements are huge if you are a conservative or an Evangelical.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa just endorsed Donald Trump for president but he’s not alone. He will appear with Donald J. Trump in Iowa on Tuesday and endorse his candidacy, according to Mr. Trump’s campaign. He appeared with Trump in Arizona last month.

This is a major endorsement for Donald Trump who just hired Jeff Sessions’ top aide and who won accolades from Sessions for his “clarity of vision” on trade. He just won the endorsement of Jerry Falwell Jr. which will probably push him over the top with that key voting group in Iowa.

Falwell is the president of Liberty University and the son of Jerry Falwell Sr., the co-founder of the Moral Majority and one of the early leaders in the U.S. evangelical movement. Falwell Sr. is credited with turning religious conservatives into a potent political force and was a key supporter of Ronald Reagan.

According to a statement released Tuesday, Trump now has the endorsement of his son.

Falwell called Trump “a successful executive and entrepreneur, a wonderful father and a man who I believe can lead our country to greatness again.”

Falwell’s move has long been expected since he has showered praise on the billionaire in recent weeks and developed a rapport with Trump. But the timing of the formal announcement is significant, coming as Trump and Ted Cruz compete intensely in Iowa for the support of social conservatives.

“It is truly an honor to receive Jerry’s endorsement. Not only is he a high-quality person, with a wonderful family, whom I have great respect for – I also consider him a very good friend and his support means so much to me,” Trump said in a statement.

It’s not a surprise. When Trump appeared on Jan. 18 at Liberty, a Christian college in Lynchburg, Va., Falwell’s introduction was effusive.

“In my opinion, Donald Trump lives a life of loving and helping others as Jesus taught in the great commandment,” Falwell said.

“He cannot be bought, he’s not a puppet on a string like many other candidates … who have wealthy donors as their puppet masters,” he added.

This is a week after Sarah Palin endorsed Trump and Glenn Beck vilified Trump and endorsed Cruz.

For the Sentinel, endorsements are worthless. We make our own decisions and know our readers do too but that’s not true of everyone.

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